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Conservation Commission executive retires

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The executive director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission is retiring from the position after 20 years of service to the state.

Mike Thralls officially retired Monday. He spent 17 years as executive director of the conservation commission.

Thralls' colleagues say he leaves a legacy of commitment to protecting natural resources throughout the state.

In honor of his retirement, a reception will be held in the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry lab atrium on Thursday.

Dignitaries expected to attend include Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese and a representative for Congressman Frank Lucas, among others.

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