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Neighbor profile: KRLT treasurer, Mark Ritzinger, wants to give back to nature | People

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What is your historical past in River Falls? I’m a “townie.” I’ve lived 65 of my 69 years in River Falls. I obtained married and I practiced optometry right here for 40 years. I recognize the truth that I used to be ready to come back to my hometown and have a profession in a profitable enterprise. I went into follow with my dad. Working with household might be attention-grabbing, but it surely was enjoyable, and I simply adore it right here.

What’s your position with Kinni River Land Trust? Currently, I’m the treasurer. I benefit from the involvement I’ve had with that as a result of the mission of the land belief is to hold the Kinni chilly, clear and clear. But on the identical time, as a pure extension of doing that, you’re additionally defending it as an ecologically, environmentally distinctive ecosystem and mitigating local weather change.