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Four apply for last vacant Nisswa City Council seat

With Gregg Sellner attending his first Nisswa City Council meeting as a member, the council heard from four men interested in the remaining open council seat.

A three-member council appointed Sellner in April to fill a seat vacated by Jan Pierce. On Wednesday, May 21, the council heard from Doug Hansen, Joe Lanz, Don Jacobson and Ross Krautkremer. A committee of council members Gary Johnson and Joe Meyer will review their comments and applications and will recommend a candidate at the June 18 meeting to fill the seat vacated by Tina Foster.

Two four-year council seats and one two-year seat will be on the ballot in November. Seats occupied by Sellner and the new appointed member, as well as Meyer’s and Mayor Brian Lehman’s seats will be on the ballot.

Hansen is Crow Wing County deputy recorder and has worked in county government for 13 years. He wants to give back to the community and would rely on his experience to do so, he told the council. He has served various organizations.

Hansen has filed for the county recorder position, so if he is appointed to the council he could only serve through December. He can’t file for two elected positions, so couldn’t file to be elected to the Nisswa council seat.

Lanz is a former Nisswa City Council member who is now retired. He has lived in Nisswa since 1976 and has served with various organizations. He wants to be a council member to see the city continue to thrive with sound fiscal policy and forward thinking.

Jacobson listed his extensive experience serving on various boards and commissions in another city, as well as in Nisswa. He served the Andover City Council for 26 years. He said he’s attended every Nisswa City Council and planning commission meeting in the last 3 1/2 years.

“I am fiscally conservative. But when a project needs to be done, let’s do it right the first time,” he said. “I’m willing to spend the money if it’s reasonable.”

Krautkremer has spent most of his career working in Nisswa and is a 43-year resident. He said he’s recently retired so he has time to pursue city government and volunteering. He said he has the experience, proper motives and dedication to the residents of Nisswa to be a part of the council.

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