Dennis Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regional director, retired Feb. 6, according to the DNR.

Frederickson took over as the regional director for the DNR’s southern region in February 2011.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some very smart and passionate people through the years,” Frederickson said. “I’m proud to have worked with them and share in their many accomplishments.”

Those region-wide accomplishments he’s celebrated include strategic land acquisitions, seven successful events as regional host of the Minnesota governor’s pheasant hunting opener, the statewide pheasant summit and the expansion of the Minnesota Bison conservation herd to Minneopa State Park.

Frederickson’s public service began at a young age with his time as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to Redwood County to farm. 

Frederickson served as a Redwood County commissioner before running for the Minnesota state senate.

Prior to his work at the DNR, Frederickson served 30 years in the Minnesota state senate, serving on the environment and natural resources committee.

Upon retirement from the Minnesota state senate, Frederickson began serving as regional director at the DNR southern region headquarters in New Ulm.

“I’ve enjoyed pursuing my passion of protecting and enhancing our natural resources,” Frederickson said. “I’m thankful that DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr asked me to serve as a regional director. I’ve truly enjoyed my time working with him and the many others committed to good management of natural resources for all Minnesotans.”

Frederickson is married to his wife of 56 years, Marj.

The couple looks forward to spending more time fishing, boating and visiting friends and family.