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Trusty files for re-election

Crow Wing County Commissioner Phil Trusty of Fort Ripley filed for re-election Thursday and is optimistic about the next four years. He said that based on the increase in the number of county building permits he believes there may be an economic upswing in the future.

“To be honest with you, I think it will be better in the next four years,” he said. “I’m hoping we come out of this economic decline. It’s definitely a better feeling for the community as a whole.”

Trusty, 44, is serving in his first term on the Crow Wing County Board. He has served one year as chair of the board.

“I’m kind of a believer in two terms,” he said. “I don’t think you should make a career of it.”

Trusty retired from his post as a building maintenance supervisor at Camp Ripley and, along with his wife, recently purchased Crow Wing Lake Campground, which provides recreational vehicle as well as family tenting and camping. He continues to serve in the 133rd Air National Guard, based in the Twin Cities.

The first-term commissioner is proud of the reorganization of planning and zoning responsibilities into the Land Services Department. The reorganization, he said, combined offices and changed the permitting process.

Before his election to the board Trusty served on the Fort Ripley Township Board for 14 years.

“I’ve enjoyed my first term,” he said. “It’s definitely a good feeling when you can help someone.”

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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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