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2016 Voter's Guide: Little Falls City Council

Little Falls City Council, Ward 1, (Elect one) Loren Boyum Age: 74. City: Little Falls. Occupation: Retired educator and administrator, part-time Coborn's Ace Hardware, retired consultant to Minnesota Department of Education and U.S. Department o...

Little Falls City Council, Ward 1, (Elect one)

Loren Boyum

Age: 74.

City: Little Falls.

Occupation: Retired educator and administrator, part-time Coborn's Ace Hardware, retired consultant to Minnesota Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.

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Public office experience: 6.5 years on city council, advisory board member of Little Falls Care Center, chair of Holmquist Riverside Park Board, military veteran.

Why are the you the best candidate for the job? "Little Falls City Council Ward 1 Representative Loren Boyum has served on the council since March 2010. Serving has been a very rewarding and exciting experience. I have no specific axe to grind, but am most concerned with those items that will continue to make Little Falls a great place to live, work and play. I am looking forward to continuing in this capacity to continue working on the issues we face, such as: upgrading and maintaining the city water plant, renegotiating the cable TV franchise, street projects, parks, economic development and other ways to enhance our quality of life."

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Robin Hensel

Age: 62.

City: Little Falls.

Occupation: Retired florist.

Public office experience: none.

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Why are you the best candidate for the job? "My ideas ... Comprehensive conflict of interest and ethics policy for city employees and elected officials. Rent to own low income housing. Homeless bill of rights. End taxpayer funded grants (economic development) to prop up private business. Uniform policing. Full transparency. Innovative programs that benefit everyone, rather than opportunity hoarding clique. Citizen advisory panel, chosen by lottery/reports monthly to council. Recruitment/retention of diverse business owners/residents. Human rights commission. Fair/unbiased reporting by official city newspaper. Chatterbox Cafe, community run, pay what you can, guest volunteer cooks, no set menu, proceeds fund local homeless shelter, promote free speech."

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Raquel Lundberg

Age: 54.

City: Little Falls.

Occupation: Owner/operator of Waller House Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Public office experience: Current president of the board at Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, former board member at Great River Arts Association (four years), former church council member (nine years).

Why are the you the best candidate for the job? "Little Falls is a wonderful community. My desire is to build on this community climate by focusing on economic development, especially through tourism and by revitalizing our downtown, providing better opportunities for small business owners. Completing the bike trail will also give our community a huge economic boost.

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Good communities are safe communities; I'd like to expand our Neighborhood Watch program.

A great community needs a great foundation; infrastructure is high on my priority list. The Little Falls water treatment plant needs work, as do our streets, alleys, storm drains, water mains and bridges."

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Little Falls City Council, Ward 2, (Elect one)

Gerald Knafla

Age: 65.

City: Little Falls.

Occupation: Retired teacher.

Public office experience: 1 1/2 years on Little Falls City Council.

Why are you the best candidate for the job? "Every candidate running for public office believes they are the best person for the job. Some have a specific agenda or an axe to grind. I have neither. My willingness to listen, to research the facts, to make informed decisions, to compromise, and to work for the common good of my constituents and the city, make me a good candidate for the city council. Serving on the council for the past year and a half has been a rewarding, humbling, and learning experience. I wish to use my skills to continue to make Little Falls a great place to live."

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Cathy VanRisseghem

Age: 59.

City: Little Falls.

Occupation: Retired.

Public office experience: Mayor of Little Falls for eight years, tourism director for 22 years, mainstreet director for nine years, Economic Development Authority, Area Council of Government, Energy and Environmental Committee, Rental Housing Advisory and Appeals Board, Rural Development Finance Authority, Board of Appeals, Fire Relief Association, Governors Citizens Advisory Committee of Camp Ripley, Morrison Area Cities Collaboration.

Why are you the best candidate for the job? "I love Little Falls; it is my passion. I have worked to preserve and save our community for over 25 years. When I was mayor, I started several projects that helped Little Falls grow and prosper. Sadly, these projects have now gone to the wayside. I thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Little Falls City Council and I would like to continue the work I started. I value community service and cherish the opportunity to address the issues that face our town. I would take the responsibility of being a public servant seriously and address the needs of the people."

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Little Falls City Council, Ward 3, (Elect one)

Frank Gosiak, unopposed.

Related Topics: LITTLE FALLSELECTION 2016
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