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Rick Rosen, pictured above on the shores of the St. Croix River as he prepared to leave Hudson for a supervisor position in Spooner in 2008, has been promoted to regional warden for the DNR's West Central Region in Eau Claire. <i>Jon Echternacht photo</i>

A Wisconsin DNR conservation warden formerly of Hudson and River Falls has been named regional warden of the 19-county West Central Region headquartered in Eau Claire.

Rick Rosen, 42, was stationed in River Falls in 1999 then moved to Hudson in 2000 serving St. Croix and Pierce counties.

He started his career with the DNR as a limited-term employee park ranger in 1994, the DNR said in a Jan. 8 news release.

"When I got out of college (UW-Stevens Point, class of 1994) there was a hiring freeze in the state," Rosen said in a telephone conversation last week. "So I got a part-time job as a park ranger at Devils Lake State Park near Baraboo. I also served as a patrol officer for the Baraboo Police Department."

When the hiring freeze was lifted, he threw his name in the hat for a warden's position, was hired and moved to River Falls.

"It might have been a blessing in disguise," Rosen said. "With the hiring freeze, I got training in traditional law enforcement with the Baraboo police."

In 2008, Rosen was promoted to a supervisor position in Spooner in 2008. "I always wanted to be a DNR warden," he told the Star-Observer in a July 24, 2008, article as he bid farewell to St. Croix County.

In Spooner he managed 10 wardens. Rosen said he expects to be completely moved into his new office in Eau Claire by June where he will manage 40 wardens in 19 counties.

"I am fortunate to achieve this promotion," Rosen said.

Rosen grew up on Lotus Lake near Chanhassen, Minn., and graduated from Minnetonka High School in 1989.

"I might have been the only kid in high school who carried a fishing rod around or took a shotgun in the field after school," he said in 2008.

Moving up the ladder the DNR takes him further away from the outdoors with each step, which is his one regret. However he will be back overseeing St. Croix County where he said he has a number of friends from previous days.