FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 22, 2021
Contact: Claire Lancaster
claire.lancaster@state.mn.us 
651-219-2975

Governor Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan Announce Appointments

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the following appointments to the Commission on Judicial Selection, Board of High Pressure Piping Systems, Great Lakes Protection Fund Board of Directors, and Minnesota Forest Resources Council.

Richard Gorman – Red Wing, MN

Commission on Judicial Selection

First Judicial District Attorney Member

Effective: December 22, 2021

Term Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: Sarah Wheelock

Caleb Dogeagle – Brainerd, MN

Commission on Judicial Selection

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Member

Effective: December 22, 2021

Term Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: Emmanuel Ulubiyo

About the Commission on Judicial Selection:

The Commission on Judicial Selection solicits, considers, and recommends candidates to the Governor for vacancies in the District Trial Courts and the Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals. It is a joint commission appointed by the Governor and the Minnesota Supreme Court and includes nine at-large members and four district members from each of Minnesota’s ten Judicial Districts.

Steve Plieseis – Le Sueur, MN

Board of High Pressure Piping Systems

Non-Metro High Pressure Piping Master Pipefitter

Effective: December 27, 2021

Term Expires: December 31, 2023

Replacing: Gregory Pumper

Laurent Wickland – St. Louis Park, MN

Board of High Pressure Piping Systems

Metro High Pressure Piping Master Pipefitter

Effective: December 27, 2021

Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Replacing: Mark Slagle

About the Board of High Pressure Piping Systems:

The Board of High Pressure Piping Systems adopts rules for high pressure piping code for Minnesota, issues final interpretations of code when submitted to the board, and adopts rules to regulate high pressure piping licensure registration.

Additional information about the Board of High Pressure Piping Systems can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Don Ness – Duluth, MN

Great Lakes Protection Fund Board of Directors

Member

Effective: December 22, 2021

Reappointment

Peter Gove – St. Paul, MN

Great Lakes Protection Fund Board of Directors

Member

Effective: December 22, 2021

Reappointment

About the Great Lakes Protection Fund Board of Directors:

The Great Lakes Protection Fund was created by the governors of the eight Great Lakes states to advance the principles, goals, and objectives of the Great Lakes toxic substances control agreement. The Board of Directors also works to ensure the continuous development of scientific information, new cleanup technologies, and innovative methods of managing pollution problems.

Rick Horton – Grand Rapids, MN

Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Forest Products Industry Representative

Effective: December 27, 2021

Term Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: Michael Birkeland

About the Minnesota Forest Resources Council:

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council was legislatively established in 1995 to develop and recommend sustainable forest policies, practices, and plans that balance the economic, environmental, and social values of the state’s forest resources.

Additional information about the Minnesota Forest Resources Council can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are seeking qualified and diverse individuals who are passionate about using their knowledge, skills, and lived experiences to serve the state of Minnesota. A list of boards and commissions, including open positions, can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.