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Bierbrauer new Freedom Park Director

PRESCOTT -- Jessica Bierbrauer loves the outdoors.

She’s loved them as a child, growing up in the Bay City area. The 1994 Ellsworth High School graduate carried that passion over into her collegiate years as she earned degrees in biology and environmental studies from Hamline University.

And it has stretched into her adult years as nearly every job she’s held has been in the historical, cultural or natural resources field. It continues with her newest one as she was named the Executive Director of the Great River Road Visitor and Learning Center (GRRVLC), starting July 15.

Bierbrauer came to the Learning Center in 2010 as an interpretive naturalist. Her duties consisted of going into classrooms in Ellsworth, Prescott and River Falls and teaching students about rocks, minerals and fur trade.

“Are you kidding?” when asked if students loved it when she visited classrooms. “The kids loved it when I brought in the trunk of fur trade items such as beaver pelts and arrow heads.”

And when Margaret Smith resigned as Director earlier this year, Bierbrauer jumped at the opportunity to be the boss.

“I love this place. I really do,” she explained. “I’ve been driven by working for non-profit organizations and the love of the outdoors. I’m thankful, excited and looking forward to this opportunity.”

For more please read the July 10 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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