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Brady Cardwell honored by Minnesota DNR for conservation project

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Ron Landwehr (left) presented Morris Area High School student Brady Cardwell (right) with the 4-H Award at a ceremony at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 30, 2013. (Submitted Photo)

ST. PAUL -- Morris Area High School student Brady Cardwell was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for demonstrating initiative, leadership, creativity and achievement in the conservation and wise use of natural and agricultural resources.

Cardwell was presented with the 4-H Award by DNR Commissioner Ron Landwehr on Aug. 30 during a ceremony at the Minnesota State Fair.

His project, titled "History of Wildlife Conservation in Minnesota," focused on how and why various conservation organizations and clubs were started, and steps he has taken to learn about and improve wildlife habitat.

For his sixth-grade project, Cardwell researched milestones in conservation history and the various agencies responsible for wildlife conservation. He visited a number of public lands, interviewed managers, and observed a prescribed burn. He also researched and participated in events with all the major wildlife conservation clubs in his area.

Cardwell participates in archery, shooting sports, science and history fairs, and makes his own lures. He carved the Duck Unlimited logo into his pumpkin last year. He is active in his local 4-H club and Luther League. "Somehow he also manages to play football and is on the wrestling team," Landwehr said.

Brady is the son of Douglas and Meriel Cardwell.

Also recognizing Cardwell at award ceremony was Dorothy Freeman, associate dean and state 4-H director and Nancy Hegland, extension program leader of 4-H youth development.