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Frederick Prehn

From a press release from Governor Scott Walker announcing his appointment to the Natural Resources Board…

Dr. Frederick Prehn is a dentist at Prehn Dental, a third generation dental practice established by his grandfather in 1921.  In addition to his dental practice, Dr. Prehn owns Central Wisconsin Firearms, a full-service firearms dealer located in Wausau.  Dr. Prehn and his wife, Linda, also own Prehn Cranberry Company, where they manage and grow 157-acres of cranberries in Tomah, Wisconsin.  As a long-time outdoorsman, he has held fishing and hunting licenses in Wisconsin for over 42 years.

“Dr. Prehn has had a distinguished career in dentistry and in managing the operations of Prehn Cranberry and Central Wisconsin Firearms,” Governor Walker said.  “His multifaceted expertise, sincere appreciation for natural resources, and first-hand knowledge of ecologically friendly practices will be a great benefit to the board.”

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