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Rosenmeier Center welcomes board members

The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government has added the following new board members.

Laura Raedeke: Since moving to Nisswa in 2001, Raedeke has served as organist at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa and at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd. She also performs in the Brainerd Lakes Summer Organ Recital Series, and serves as piano accompanist to the Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota.

In 2008, she formed the Creation Care Team at Lutheran Church of the Cross, which, in addition to building a community garden on church property, works in a number of ways to encourage responsible ecological behavior at church, at home and at work.

With her husband, Jerry, Raedeke owns and directs the Raedeke Art Gallery in Nisswa, to which she has contributed her own oil paintings.

Rollin Buck: Buck been a resident of the Brainerd area for more than 40 years. During that time he has owned several businesses and for the past 26 years he has been a general partner in Nisswa Tax Service.

Buck served on the boards of the Crow Wing County Historical Society, Heartland Symphony, First Lutheran Church and, most recently, Lakeland Public Television where he served as board chair from 2006-08.

Michael Deuth: Deuth is executive director for the Good Samaritan Society-Communities of Brainerd and Pine River, which employs more than 500 staff and serves more than 600 local seniors. He provides leadership, direction and oversight for the Good Samaritan Society’s two Brainerd campuses, Woodland and Bethany, as well as the Pine River campus.

Deuth has been employed by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society for nearly 28 years.

Nicholas Bielinski: Bielinski served with the U.S. Army and was stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, serving four years that included a tour to Iraq. He returned to Minnesota where he works at Camp Ripley training National Guard soldiers.

Bielinski then enrolled at Central Lakes College Brainerd Campus where he is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree. He is a second-year student and is serving as the Student Senate President. He is involved with the Vets Club, Equality Coalition, Rotoract, Activities Committee, Rosenmeier Committee and many others. Bielinski is involved in the community with the Elks Club and DAV.

The mission of the Rosenmeier Center for State & Local Government is to inform, to educate and to encourage citizens of central Minnesota to participate in effective governance, planning and leadership; and to assist in the process of identifying and building leadership capacity, improving cooperation between state and local government, improving cooperation between and among state and local governments, creating awareness among citizens of the value of individual participation in their community and increasing the impact of the Center through partnerships and cooperation with other groups and similarly proposed organizations.

The Rosenmeier Center was formed in 1989, in recognition of Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier’s 30–year contribution as a Minnesota state legislator from Little Falls. He authored legislation which created the state Planning Agency, the Department of Corrections, the Pollution Control Agency, and the Brainerd Regional Human Service Center.

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