Four new members join Garrison Division board

They are Larry Kassian, Don Zimbleman, Brian Orn and Kyle Blanchfield.

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The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) announced that four new members are now on its board of directors. They are Larry Kassian, Burleigh County; Don Zimbleman, Dickey County; Brian Orn, Sargent County; and Kyle Blanchfield, Ramsey County.

Kassian was elected by Burleigh County constituents to serve on Garrison Diversion’s board. After receiving his degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University, Kassian became employed at Bartlett & West Engineers where he worked for over 20 years. He then became the executive director for the South Central Regional Water District. Kassian resides in Bismarck with his wife, Connie

Zimbleman is a farmer/rancher elected to represent Dickey County on Garrison Diversion’s board of directors. Zimbleman serves as the president of the Dickey County Water Board. He and his wife, Rosemary, live in Fullerton.

The new representative elected to serve Sargent County is Brian Orn, who received a degree in agricultural economics from NDSU and has worked in the insurance business his entire career. Orn owns and is an agent with Bjorn Crop Insurance Agency in Stirum. He lives in Stirum with his wife, Lindy.

Also joining the board in 2021 is Kyle Blanchfield, Ramsey County, appointed by the Ramsey County Commission to fulfill the term of former director John Peyerl, who passed away in December. Blanchfield is the owner of Woodland Resort on Devils Lake and active in multiple community organizations. He lives in Devils Lake with his wife, Karin.


Each director will serve a four-year term on the Garrison Diversion board.

The Garrison Diversion Board of Directors has 28 members, each of whom represents a member county. The board works to fulfill Garrison Diversion’s mission to provide a reliable, high quality and affordable water supply to benefit the people of North Dakota.

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