Extension Committee (University of MN)


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Extension Service. We look forward to partnering with you to provide educational resources to address local issues. Meetings are held

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 2023 Meeting Dates: 
    • February 9, 2023
    • May 11, 2023
    • August 10, 2023 (at the Forest Planting in Harder Park)
    • November 9, 2023
  • Extension Outreach Office
    38814 3rd Avenue
    North Branch, MN, 55056
    Phone: 651-227-0151


The Minnesota State Legislature established County Extension Committees (CEC) in 1923. State statute mandates each county must have an Extension Committee with the following composition: 2 county commissioners, 6 county residents selected by the County Board, and the County Auditor or their designee.

Members serve 3 year terms and may be reappointed. However, many CEC’s have ruled that no member can serve more than 2 consecutive terms. Committee members elect their own chair and vice-chair, both serving 1 year terms. The County Auditor serves as secretary.

MemberDistrict Term
Jennifer PenzenstadlerDistrict 1Term: 01/05/2021 to 01/05/2024
Rebecca StrandDistrict 2Term: 03/01/2023 to 12/31/2024
Nancy Moe-MergensDistrict 3Term: 01/05/2021 to 01/05/2024
Charles YeagerDistrict 4Term: 01/04/2022 to 01/02/2025
Jeske NoordergraafDistrict 5Term: 01/03/2023 to  12/31/2025
Angela MalleryAt LargeTerm: 10/05/2022 to  01/05/2024


The CEC has 3 major areas of responsibility, as defined by the state statute:

  • Program development and evaluation:
    • The committee develops an annual program of work in cooperation with the U of Minnesota Extension Service.
    • Assist in identifying county needs and matching or empowering county or regional staff in meeting those needs through education programming.
  • Personnel:
    • The committee members often service on the search and interview committees to recommend suitable, qualified persons for Extension Educator positions to the Extension dean and director of Extension.
    • By state statute, Extension Educators are U of Minnesota employees.
    • The committee also provides yearly input to the Extension Director or supervisor regarding Extension Educator performance in development and delivery of the identified programs.
  • Budget development:
    • The committee, working with Extension, prepares an annual budget of funds needed for the maintenance, support, and expenses of the county’s Extension work and submits it to the County Board for approval.


Extension is an outreach arm of the University of Minnesota. Extension’s mission is "connecting community needs and University resources". Extension provides its research and education outreach in urban, suburban and rural communities through its partnership with the federal, state and county government in all 87 Minnesota counties through its 18 regional centers throughout the state.