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Dolly Matten files for re-election to at-large post

Dolly Matten, who was named to replace Bonnie Cumberland on the Brainerd City Council earlier this year, filed for re-election to the at-large post.

Matten, 43, said Friday her short tenure on the council has been similar to starting a new job and that she feels increasingly comfortable in the position. She continues to serve on the Brainerd Planning Commission and on the Brainerd Charter Commission, two appointments she said she enjoys.

“It makes you a better, more rounded, knowledgeable person,” she said.

The incumbent council member lives on Ninth Avenue Northeast and has lived in the city for about 13 years. She is a real estate agent/broker.

Matten was one of 11 candidates who applied to be appointed by the council to fill Cumberland’s seat. One of those 11 candidates was Sue Hilgart, who will be an opponent for election to the at-large seat.

In a statement, Matten said she’s determined to stay focused on the city’s strategic plan; make sure the community is protected during the decommissioning of the former Wausau paper mill; and see that the city is financially responsible.

She said the city’s riverwalk committee is similar to a new breath of life for the city as growth is encouraged while the natural beauty of the area is maintained.

Matten also expressed her enthusiasm for the extension of water and sewer to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport as well as the city’s industrial parks and walking trails.

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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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