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  • DU volunteers and staff meet with Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers - (L to R) DU Director of Conservation Programs Ryan Heiniger, DU Regional Vice President Lee Ness, Speaker Zellers and former Minnesota DU State Chairman Mark Pederson
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Ducks Unlimited volunteers and staff recently visited Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers to discuss DU's conservation initiatives and related public policy goals. The group met with Zellers in his office, which is decorated with waterfowl prints, and talked with the speaker about DU’s conservation focus on shallow lakes in Minnesota, the cornerstones of waterfowl habitat for spring and fall migration.

"We were very encouraged by the speaker's commitment to waterfowl habitat enhancement," said Lee Ness, DU regional vice president.

Also in attendance were Mark Pederson, former Minnesota DU state chairman; Joe Satrom, DU director of public policy; and Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs.

"It was evident from our conversation that Speaker Zellers is very interested in conservation policies that are important to DU members," Pederson said. "It was clear that the size of our membership brings significant clout to the legislative process. I encourage all DU members to speak with their elected officials on these important issues."

The 2012 legislative session includes a number of bills of interest to DU and its 38,000 members in Minnesota, including:

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