Members

ARDC is governed by a Commission and Board, which respectively oversee and handle the business affairs of ARDC. Current Commission members are listed below, with (*) denoting members of the Board.

COUNTY BOARD REPRESENTATIVES (8)

  • Aitkin County: Don Niemi*, Vice Chair
  • Carlton County: Dick Brenner*, Chair
  • Cook County: Ginny Storlie*
  • Itasca County: Terry Snyder*
  • Koochiching County: Wade Pavleck*
  • Lake County: Pete Walsh*
  • St. Louis County: Frank Jewell*
  • St. Louis County: Ashley Grimm

REPRESENTATIVES OF CITIES, TOWNSHIPS, TRIBAL NATIONS, AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS (21)

  • Aitkin Cities <10K: Sharon DeWitt (Palisade)
  • Aitkin Townships: Jim Berg
  • Carlton Cities >10K: Roger Maki (Cloquet)
  • Carlton Cities <10K: David Lucas (Kettle River)
  • Carlton Townships: Jason Paulson (Thomson)
  • Cook Cities <10K: Michael Garry (Grand Marais)
  • Cook Townships: Vacant
  • Itasca Cities >10K: Dale Adams (Grand Rapids)
  • Itasca Cities <10K: Calvin Saari (Nashwauk)
  • Itasca Townships: Larry Salmela (Effie)
  • Koochiching Cities <10K: Brian Briggs (International Falls)
  • Koochiching Townships: Kevin Adee (Koochiching County)
  • Lake Cities <10K: Vacant
  • Lake Townships: Vacant
  • St. Louis Cities >10K: Tim Harkonen (Hibbing)
  • St. Louis Cities >10K: Terese Tomanek (Duluth)
  • St. Louis Cities <10K: Steven Johnson (Virginia)
  • St. Louis County Townships: Cal Warwas (Eveleth)
  • Bois Forte Tribal Council: Vacant
  • Fond du Lac Tribal Council: Jason Hollinday*, Secretary
  • Grand Portage Tribal Council: Robert Deschampe
  • School Districts: Pat Medure (ISD #318, Grand Rapids)
  • School Districts: Walter Hautala (ISD #2711, Mesabi East)

AT-LARGE (CITIZEN) MEMBERS (8)

  • Dirk Davis (Morcom Township)
  • Mike Hoops (Silver Creek)
  • Joel Hoppe* (McGregor)
  • Paul Nevanen* (International Falls)
  • Allen Rasmussen (International Falls)
  • Gordon Salisbury (Hovland)
  • Mary Somnis (Grand Marais)

ADVISORY MEMBERS (3)

  • AAAA Advisory Board: Pamela Franklin
  • DSMIC Policy Board: Vacant

Meetings

The Commission meets the third Thursday of January, April, July, and October, and the Board meets the third Thursday of February, March, May, June, August, September, November, and December as needed. Meeting notes are posted below once approved by the respective group.

If you have any questions about the Commission or Board, please contact the Board Coordinator at 218-529-7543.

2022

  • January 2022 Commission
  • February 2022 Board
  • March Board (Expected May 2022)
  • April Commission (Expected July 2022)
  • May Board (Expected June 2022)
  • June Board (Expected July 2022)
  • July Commission (Expected October 2022)
  • August Board (Expected September 2022)
  • September Board (Expected November 2022)
  • October Commission (Expected November 2022)
  • November Board (Expected December 2022)
  • December Board (Expected February 2023)

2021

2020

2019