Pine River: Council member resigns seat; appointment made to fulfill term

Tammy Erickson (formerly Hansen) served on council since 2013

Pine River City Clerk Terri Dabill swears in Brent Norman at the June 8 Pine River City Council. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Tammy Erickson (formerly Hansen) resigned from the Pine River City Council effective June 3 after moving out of the city. Her resignation prompted the council to appoint a new member at the Tuesday, June 8, regular meeting.

Brent Norman, of Pine River, has shown interest in the council and was at the June 8 meeting where Erickson's resignation was announced and accepted. Mayor Tamara Hansen announced that Norman would like to be considered to fill the term.

The council unanimously approved his appointment. Norman will complete Erickson's term, which ends in 2024.

Erickson had been with the council since 2013, when she was appointed to fill the seat vacated by the late Ron Derksen. She went on to win election in 2016 and was just re-elected in the 2020 election to another four-year term.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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