Nov 1981 - Present
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Although Minnesota’s winters may be long and cold, its summers offer virtually endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Every year, numerous Minnesotans take advantage of the state’s lakes and rivers to pursue activities like canoeing. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages dozens of water trails that traverse 30 rivers and the north shore of Lake Superior. In fact, this system is so well developed that most state residents live within a one- to two-hour drive of a water trailhead. Trips range from five-mile paddles through the heart of the Twin Cities on the Mississippi River to the 42-mile trail from Zumbro Falls to Kellogg. In addition to the state-managed water trails, the US Forest Service and National Park Service oversee over 1 million acres of public lands in the northeast corner of the state, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This pristine wilderness playground offers more than 1,200 miles of canoeing routes. A canoeing enthusiast, Thomas Allen Disselkamp lives and works in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Over the course of his lengthy career with 3M, Tom Disselkamp has served the Engineering Systems and Technology Group and the Infection Prevention Division, fulfilling the duties of a senior engineer and product development specialist, respectively. Beyond his professional obligations, Thomas Disselkamp enjoys a variety of other outdoor pursuits, including gardening, hiking, and fishing.