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Wausau dentist becomes the Natural Resource Board chairman

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Doctor Frederick Prehn was appointed to the Natural Resource Board by then-Governor Walker in 2015. Board appointees serve six-year terms.

The seven-member board oversees policy creation for the Department of Natural Resources.

Prehn described himself Tuesday as a Wausau native and lifelong sportsman. In addition to his downtown Wausau dental office, he operates a cranberry marsh in Tomah, Wisconsin.

He said being elected chairman is exciting, but believes the change in governor may affect the non-partisan board.

“We’re going to have to work with the new administration,” said Prehn. “And before we worked with the administration that actually put us in. Now we have a situation where the Republicans control the senate and the assembly and the governorship is Democrat. You know, with the politics in Madison, it’s going to be tough for us to get stuff done and to get both sides of the aisle to work together.”

Prehn says there are three major issues he expects to deal with: water contamination, chronic wasting disease in deer and a discussion over which weapons can be used when hunting deer.

The chairman is also making strides to bring the board to northern residents. He has authorized holding some board meetings offsite.

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Curtis Aderholdt

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A WAOW employee since December 2014.

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