2016 Voter's Guide: Crosslake City Council, Mayor
Crosslake mayor Patty Norgaard Age: 74. City: Crosslake. Occupation: Retired--vice president Wells Fargo, sales and marketing. Public office experience: President of Crosslake Economic Development, Crosslake Park and Rec Commission. Why are you t...
Occupation: Retired-vice president Wells Fargo, sales and marketing.
Public office experience: President of Crosslake Economic Development, Crosslake Park and Rec Commission.
Why are you the best candidate for the job? "As mayor, I bring 30-plus years of sales and marketing experience with me along with five years of leading the Crosslake Economic Development Authority. On a personal level, I'll bring integrity, open communication, energy, organizational and collaborative skills to the position of mayor. I believe what makes me the best candidate for mayor is that I come to this position with a fresh perspective. I can say 'No one owes me any favors and I don't owe anybody any favors.' The entire community is my constituency. And Crosslake has my heart and is my home. I am the best choice."
Public office experience: Four years city council.
Why are the you the best candidate for the job? "Let's continue improving the city/citizen relationship for our residents. Year-round, seasonal, weekend, all need a voice. In four years as councilman we've made great strides! Two letters of commendation from the DNR. Crosslake Planning/Zoning/Crow Wing County partnership has 99.5 percent user approval rates versus 70 percent four years ago. And it costs less! Crow Wing won a national award for work with Crosslake. New management at Crosslake Communications doubled the value of our company. We have a $5 million road improvement plan ahead. Let's get it right. We know what doesn't work. Let's not go backwards."
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Crosslake City Council (elect two)
Public office experience: Councilman-four years; Planning & Zoning-seven years.
Why are the you the best candidate for the job? "In the four years I have served as councilman, I have worked toward many changes. They include: changing structure of Crosslake Planning & Zoning and the sale of Crosslake Communications. I currently serve as the liaison for Planning & Zoning and a member of the Crosslaker Team. I have served as a member of the Planning Board of Adjustment and the Crosslake Communication Sub-committee. Changes made have had a positive impact on the community. In the next four years I would like to work on the health of our lakes, road and sewer, and keeping taxes low."
Public office experience: Crosslake Board of Adjustment for three years.
Why are the you the best candidate for the job? "I have lived and raised my family in the Crosslake area for the past 25 years. I am a small business owner and actively involved in the daily concerns of our residents. I am an approachable person and will listen to any needs that come up. I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the city council to continue many of the positive changes that have occurred in recent years. Thanks for your consideration."
Occupation: Electrical engineer-retired.
Public office experience: Chairman of Crosslake Public Works Commission.
Why are the you the best candidate for the job? "I have been visiting friend in Crosslake for more than 40 years, and for the last six have been a resident. During that time Crosslake has grown from a sleepy hamlet with shores studded with cottages, to lakes wrapped with year-round homes. I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the council with an eye to meet the future of an ever growing city.
I will listen, be open-minded, and deal with issues fairly with fiscal responsibility as the most important guiding principle."