Northwest District Water Operators School: Environmental Health - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Northwest District Water Operators School

Conducted by the:

October 24 to October 26, 2017 (Tuesday to Thursday)
Sanford Center
1111 Event Center Drive NE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

A block of guest rooms at the adjacent Country Inn & Suites until September 23 at a special rate of $109 plus tax per night. Call 218-441-4800 and mention American Water Works Association.

Registration Details

Questions or assistance with online registration and payment, contact:

Contact Jeanette Boothe:, 651-201-4697.

Certification Exam

Applications for the certification exam must be received by the Minnesota Department of Health at least 15 days before the exam. Download the exam application below: Or contact one of these MDH Drinking Water Protection staff:

Noel Hansen: or 651-201-4690


Jeanette Boothe: or 651-201-4697
Stew Thornley: or 651-201-4655

Agenda for 2017 Training

  • Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. on October 24
  • Tuesday sessions begins at 8:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday sessions begin at 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

Note: In place of the other sessions, an all-day exam prep will be held on Tuesday, and a study session will be held on Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Morning Session

  • Welcome from Bemidji mayor Rita Albrecht
  • Minnesota American Water Works Association (AWWA) Update/Section Conference Recap/Water for People, Presentation of Operator Meritorious Service Award – Dave Brown, Chair, Minnesota AWWA
  • Dealing with the Public – Stew Thornley, MDH
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Update – David Rindal and Bonnie Shafer, MDH
  • Lead and Copper Rule Long-term Revisions and Corrosion Control Treatment – Lih-in Rezania and Anna Schliep, MDH

Afternoon Session

  • Water in Palestine and Malawi – Dave Brown, Metropolitan Council
  • Chemical FeedPete McPherson, Minnesota Pump Works
  • TOP of the Tower – Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Morning Session

  • Breakfast and Northeast District Business Meeting

Speaker: Carl Isaacson, Center of Environment, Economic, Earth and Space Studies, Bemidji State University

  • Vendor Show with competitions: Taste Test
Afternoon Session
  • Tour of Aircorps Aviation

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Northeast District Business Meeting – Election of Vice Chair
  • HydrantsRick Myskewitz, American Flow Control
  • SecurityJon Groethe, MDH
  • ErgonomicsCody Link, Sanford Health Occupational Medicine
  • 20 Questions – Todd Johnson, MDH


  • Certification Exams
Updated Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:42AM