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Mark Froehle appointed to empty Nisswa council seat

He grew up in the area, graduating from Brainerd High School, and moved to Nisswa in 2016.

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Mark Froehle
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Mark Froehle, a Nisswa resident since 2016, will join the Nisswa City Council for a two-year term that expires at the end of 2022.

A four-member council on Monday, Feb. 1, interviewed four applicants to fill Mike Hoff’s term after Hoff moved out of the city limits and resigned his seat. Applicants were Cameron Dorion, Bob Fier, Froehle and Galen Strovers.

Mayor John Ryan and council members Don Jacobson, Ross Krautkremer and Mark Utzinger, as well as City Administrator Jenny Max, indicated all four applicants were good candidates. They encouraged the three candidates who weren’t appointed to the council to seek appointment to the city’s Public Works Commission.

Long-range planning was a dominant theme among candidates, and council members liked that idea.

Froehle is a 1982 Brainerd High School graduate who served in the Army National Guard and U.S. Navy. He graduated from the Brainerd vocational school with an associate’s degree in electronics and served two years on the student council.

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“I have always wanted to be a part of public service ever since but had been too busy until now,” he wrote in his application letter.

His wife, Leila, was raised on Minnewawa resort in Nisswa, which her parents owned. After living in Bemidji, they moved back to Nisswa in 2016.

“After moving back to Nisswa, I have seen the new growth and the growth that will be coming to Nisswa,” he wrote. “I believe much can be done by the council to ensure that the future growth will take a commonsense approach and not become similar to Brainerd on the 371 corridor of strip malls.

“I see Nisswa becoming a central bedroom community between the communities to our north and the Brainerd-Baxter area,” Froehle wrote.

When asked to explain that statement, Froehle said his vision for Nisswa is not to go really large. People who work in Brainerd want to live farther north, and his vision is to welcome and accommodate that, but not to overexpand.

The council liked that Froehle said he is not a micromanager and believes in hiring competent people and letting them do their jobs.

He was not sworn in Monday, but will be soon.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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