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John Lindquist (center) accepted his Ducks Unlimited (DU) 2012 Minnesota Volunteer Conservationist of the Year award from (left to right) Russ Terry, DU director of conservation programs; Tim Roble, DU Minnesota state chairman; Adam DeHaan, DU director of development; and Gildo Tori, director of public policy for DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic Region. (Contributed photo)

John Lindquist receives Ducks Unlimited Conservationist of the Year award

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Ducks Unlimited recognized longtime supporter and Living Lakes Initiative advocate John Lindquist with its 2012 Minnesota Volunteer Conservationist of the Year award.


The award was presented at DU's capital chapter fundraising event in St. Paul. It was presented by Gildo Tori, DU director of public policy for the Great Lakes/Atlantic region, and Russ Terry, DU director of conservation programs.

Lindquist, a resident on Lake Christina in Douglas County near Evansville, has served as president of the Lake Christina-Ina-Anka Lake Association since its inception in 1999.

Lindquist also helped raise more than $250,000 for Lake Christina over the years. Along with his wife, Pat, he donated a conservation easement to DU to permanently protect their property on Lake Christina.

The Lindquists have supported DU's efforts to improve and protect shallow lakes throughout Minnesota, as well as DU's highest-priority conservation work protecting the prairies of North and South Dakota.

In 2005, the Lindquists chaired a committee hosting the Living Lakes Initiative Kickoff event in Alexandria that jumpstarted support for Living Lakes and expansion of DU's conservation efforts in Minnesota.

More recently, Lindquist reinvigorated the Ashby DU committee.

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