It was in 1989 that Sully County native Randy Tennant was asked to join the Weed and Pest board. “Somebody asked me to serve,” said Randy “I don’t even remember how or who asked me if I wanted to be on it.”
One of the first items the board undertook when Randy began his tenure was to establish the role of Weed and Pest Supervisor. The board advertised for the position in the spring of 1989.
When the board organized for the year in 1990, Randy was elected president, and in the course of his 30 years as a board member, has served on and off in that capacity.
“I think we’ve done a decent job of getting weeds under control in Sully County,” said Randy about the board’s achievements. “It can be challenging to follow the regulations and do everything according to regulations.”
In a memo issued at the beginning of January, Sully County Weed and Pest Supervisor Paula Barber congratulated Randy on his ’30 years of dedication and unselfish loyalty to the eradication of noxious weeds in Sully County.’
Additionally, Paula noted the combined 119 years of experience on the board in the tenures of Randy – 30 years, Allen Weischedel – 27 years, Curt Roddewig – 24 years, Tom Yackley – 8 years, and Commissioner Joe Fanger – 8 years.
Established in 1984, the Sully County Weed and Pest Board strives to minimize the occurrence of invasive weeds and associated negative impacts on native plant communities and agricultural lands in Sully County.
Sully County Weed and Pest assists landowners with noxious weed problems through plant identification and development of weed management plans. Through its Onida Watchman advertising campaign and through bio site tours, the board also promotes noxious weed education and awareness. Weed and pest crews also manage noxious weeds on county property and roadside rights-of-way.