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Mies
named North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year

Wildlife enforcement officers from throughout the United States and Canada
gathered in
St. Paul last
week for the annual meeting of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer
Association (NAWEOA). It was the first time Minnesota hosted the event.

It also marked the first time a Minnesota
conservation officer was named NAWEOA’s officer
of the year as Brian Mies of Annandale received the
prestigious award.

"I’m
extremely honored considering the number of quality wildlife enforcement
officers that comprise NAWEOA," Mies said. “Receiving it during the 120th year of natural resources enforcement in Minnesota made it even
more special. I also accept this award for all past, present and future
wildlife enforcement officers.”

Nominations
for the top award come from fellow wildlife enforcement officers or
supervisors, with the final selection of a winner picked by a panel of peers.
The award is given every year to a wildlife enforcement officer of outstanding
character, professional competence, and knowledge that has shown exemplary
support and contribution to protection and preserving of natural resources.

"Throughout
his career, Conservation Officer Mies has gained the respect of his peers and
the public as a tenacious investigator, and a fair but firm officer," said
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten. “Officer Mies
is a valued member of the our natural resources law enforcement team and on
behalf of the entire DNR, I extend congratulations to him on this well deserved
honor."

2007 has proved to be a
banner year for the 16-year DNR Enforcement veteran. Earlier this year, Mies
was named the DNR Conservation Officer of the Year, as well as recipient of the
Willard Munger Wetland Achievement Award, in addition to an appreciation award
for his work on the DNR deer committee. Mies won the Minnesota Turn-In-Poachers
Officer of the Year Award in 1999.

“I’m
really proud of Officer Mies winning each of these prestigious awards,” said
Col. Mike Hamm, DNR Enforcement chief conservation officer, “but seeing him
recognized with the pinnacle of awards for wildlife law enforcement officers is
the ultimate honor.”

The
8,000-member NAWEOA presents annual awards recognizing people and agencies that
have performed outstanding work, exemplary service to the public or have
contributed to wildlife law enforcement in other ways.

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