Applications to be taken for vacant Nisswa City Council seat

Appointment will be for the rest of this year; special election for two-year seat will be in November

Ross Krautkremer

NISSWA — The Nisswa City Council is accepting applications to appoint someone to a vacant council seat through the end of this year after Ross Krautkremer resigned.

The council met Monday, Jan. 31, at city hall to accept Krautkremer’s resignation and to declare a vacancy on the council. Letters of interest should be submitted to City Administrator Jenny Max by Friday, Feb. 25.

The council set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at city hall to interview interested applicants and appoint someone.

Then, a special election will be part of the Nov. 8 general election to fill the remaining two years of Krautkremer’s term, which runs through 2024.

Four-year council seats currently held by Don Jacobson (re-elected in 2018) and Mark Froehle (appointed a year ago after former council member Mike Hoff resigned two years into his four-year term) also will be on that general election ballot.


“I’m sorry Ross is stepping down. I completely understand why,” said Mayor John Ryan. “I wish him nothing but the best, and hopefully we will find a very good replacement up to the same level and caliber.”

Krautkremer first joined the council after being appointed in June 2014. He won election to a four-year term that same year and then didn’t seek re-election in 2018.

He returned to the ballot in 2020 and was the top vote-getter in that election with 42.12% of the vote.

In his resignation letter to the council, Krautkremer said:

“It is with a heavy heart I must resign from my position on the city council effective immediately. Due to my workload at Nisswa Marine, I am unable to fulfill my duties for the city of Nisswa and unfortunately, I do not see that changing in the future. If I cannot give 110 percent and do my job for the citizens of Nisswa, I feel I must step aside and let someone else take that position.”

To apply for the vacant seat:

  • Submit a one page letter of interest confirming your eligibility, describing why you are interested in serving the community in this capacity and summarizing your qualifications. 
  • Submit your letter of interest by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, to City Administrator Jenny Max at or to the City of Nisswa, Attn. Jenny Max, P.O. Box 410, Nisswa, MN 56468. 
  • Meet all of the following eligibility requirements: be eligible to vote in Minnesota; be at least 21 years of age, and have maintained residency in the city of Nisswa for at least 30 days as of the date of appointment. 

Jacobson was absent Jan. 31.
A version of this story first appeared online at Thursday, Jan. 27.

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Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

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