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Governor appoints former Brandon resident to rural research center board

Governor Tim Pawlenty recently appointed former Brandon resident Michael Brethorst to the Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Brethorst, who now lives in Barnesville, is the chief operations officer for the city of Barnesville. He is a captain in the Minnesota Army National Guard where he holds the position of senior counter intelligence officer with the 34th Infantry Division.

Brethorst is a 1994 graduate of Brandon High School and his parents and brother reside in Brandon.

Brethorst earned a master of science degree in public, human services, and health administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead; a bachelor of science degree in public administration and community and economic development administration from St. Cloud State University; and an associate of arts degree in business from Fergus Falls Community College.

Brethorst is appointed as rural town representative to fulfill a six-year term that expires January 2, 2012. He replaces Steve Ringquist on the board.

The Center for Rural Policy and Development is a non-partisan, not-for-profit policy research organization dedicated to the study of the economic, demographic and cultural factors that affect rural Minnesotans and their communities.

Based in St. Peter, the center publishes the Rural Minnesota Journal, the Atlas of Minnesota and regularly advises policymakers on rural issues through its research reports. All of the center's products and reports can be found online

The center's board consists of 17 members, 12 appointed by the governor.