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Brian Wallin files for recorder post

Brian K. Wallin of Pequot Lakes filed Tuesday for the Crow Wing County recorder post.

The owner-broker of Black Bear Real Estate LLC, Wallin has been in the real estate business since 1994 and said his business calls for him to be in the recorder’s office several times a week. He has also worked as a property site inspector, closing agent and has provided abstract services the last three years for Capitol Lien Records and Research in Baxter.

“I’ve gotten to know the system and staff,” he said.

He said he can see some ways to improve the system to better serve the citizens of Crow Wing County.

“I believe there’s opportunity to generate income as opposed to reducing positions or staff members.”

He said he didn’t plan to spell out the specifics of how he would generate income for the office at this time.

The candidate said he has the knowledge, ability and practical experience to serve as recorder.

“I would like to see the position of county recorder remain an elected position,” he said in a statement. “This preserves the integrity of the office,” Wallin said.

Wallin, 43, is married and the father of five children.

He said his family has a history of service with the county with three relatives who formerly worked for what was then the Crow Wing County assessor’s office — his grandmother, his uncle and his father.

“I want to work for the citizens of Crow Wing County to serve them,” Wallin said.

He said he wants to work as county recorder and not just be in a management position.

A Camp Confidence volunteer, Wallin has served on the Confidence Learning Center Golf Classic Committee from 1999-2011. He was the committee chair 2001-2002. In 2002, he received the Everett Lassig Memorial Award from Confidence Learning Center.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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