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Nolan to address DFL event in Duluth

Information meeting set for Miss Nisswa scholarship pageant

NISSWA — The Nisswa Women of Today will host an information pizza party for potential Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant contestants at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, at the Nisswa Community Center.

The scholarship pageant is open to high school senior girls living within an eight-mile radius of downtown Nisswa or who attended Nisswa Elementary School.

Information about the pageant will be shared at the meeting. Potential contestants don’t have to make a decision to participate in the pageant that day.

Former Nisswa student Bailey Wachholz, current Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen and former Miss Brainerd Lakes Outstanding Teen, is ineligible to compete in the Miss Nisswa pageant because she currently holds a title.

The pageant will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Nisswa Lutheran Church of the Cross.

For more information, call Stacey at 218-821-1650.

Nolan names campaign manager chief of staff

Rick Nolan of rural Crosby, Minnesota’s 8th District U.S. representative-elect has appointed Mike Misterek, the campaign manager who led Nolan’s successful drive back to the U.S. House of Representatives, to be his chief of staff.

In his new role, Misterek will supervise overall operations in the DFLer’s Washington, D.C. office, as well as district field offices.

“Over the past 15 months I have come to know and deeply respect Mike for his extraordinary leadership skills as well as his dedication to the principles that guided our campaign to restore the middle class, solve problems and get things done. Now I look forward to working with him to assemble a team of capable, experienced and knowledgeable people to help me get things done in Washington,” Nolan said in a statement.

Misterek is a founding partner in Twin Cities-based Strategic Field Concepts, LLC, where he managed advocacy campaigns focusing on Medicare, telecommunications, rural broadband expansion and voter outreach. He has worked on previous congressional campaigns and on the 2008 Obama for America campaign. He has also served as political director for the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance and, early in his career, worked as a staff intern for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.

“Working with Rick Nolan continues to be one of the great honors and privileges of my life,” Misterek said. “Rick will be a true ‘people’s Congressman,’ and our staff team will be there to help him fulfill the goals he set forth during the campaign, as well as to provide the great people of Minnesota’s 8th District with the finest, most effective, responsive and personal constituent service of any office on Capitol Hill.”

Misterek is a 2003 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Nolan to address DFL event in Duluth

Rick Nolan, the representative-elect for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District will address the DFL leadership and voters at Duluth Convention Center’s Lake Superior ballroom on Dec. 8. The event will follow the State DFL Central Committee that is meeting at the same location earlier in the day.

The center’s address is 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth. The event will feature a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. so attendees will have time to drive home. Discounted housing is available at Duluth area hotels.

Nolan, of rural Crosby, will be the keynote speaker at an event that is expected to include the governor, U.S. senators, DFL congressional representatives, constitutional officers, legislative leaders, tribal leaders and area legislators.

Individual tickets are $50. To send money, make ticket reservations, reserve or sponsor a table or advise of attendance, contact Treasurer Cathy Daniels at or 218-231-2551. Reservations are necessary to guarantee a meal.

The silent auction is being coordinated by Cordy or 218-927-2947 and Marlys or 218-834-5988. Please consider donating items for the auction. Contact Cordy or Marlys for more information.

For information on rooms please contact Tom Kurhajetz at or 612-423-3612.

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