LINCOLN — Two new commissioners have been appointed to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission by Gov. Pete Ricketts and another commissioner has been re-appointed.
Jim Ernst of Columbus and Rick Brandt of Roca have been appointed to represent District 3 (northeastern Nebraska) and District 8 (Lancaster County), respectively. Pat Berggren of Broken Bow has been re-appointed in District 6 (Sandhills and north-central Nebraska). The appointments to four-year terms are effective Jan. 15.
Berggren was appointed last March to fill a vacant commissioner position, completing the term of his father, Lynn Berggren, who passed away. The Commission last year adopted the Berggren Plan, a comprehensive pheasant management plan named in honor of Lynn Berggren.
Pat Berggren said he wants to see the pheasant plan achieve its goals and become a success.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I can’t wait. It’s a big honor to follow Dad. To serve four more years to help the sportsmen of Nebraska is pretty awesome.”
Berggren, owner of a construction business, has been active for many years in the One Box Pheasant Hunt. He is active in other endeavors, similar to his father, including fishing, hunting, boating, camping and promoting Nebraska’s outdoors.
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