NOW SEEKING AT-LARGE CANDIDATES TO JOIN OUR COMMISSION! APPLY HERE…

The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is seeking citizens residing in the Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis to fill at-large positions on the Commission for three-year terms.  A nomination application can be obtained by clicking here.  Applications are due by December 14, 2018.

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

County Board Representatives

  • Don Niemi,* Vice Chair (Aitkin County)
  • Dick Brenner,* Chair (Carlton County)
  • Ginny Storlie* (Cook County)
  • Wade Pavleck,* (Koochiching County)
  • Jeremy Hurd* (Lake County)
  • Terry Snyder* (Itasca County)
  • Frank Jewell* (St. Louis County)
  • Beth Olson (St. Louis County)

Representatives of a Cities, Townships, Tribal Nations, and School Boards

  • Roger Maki (Carlton Communities >10K)
  • Tim Harkonen (St. Louis Communities >10K)
  • Gary Anderson (St. Louis Communities >10K)
  • Dale Adams (Itasca Communities >10K)
  • Vacant (Aitkin Communities <10K)
  • Vacant (Carlton Communities <10K)
  • Anton Moody (Cook Communities <10K)
  • Calvin Saari (Itasca Communities <10K)
  • Brian Briggs (Koochiching Communities <10K)
  • Carlene Perfetto (Lake Communities <10K)
  • Charles Baribeau (St. Louis Communities <10K)
  • Kevin Adee (Koochiching Townships)
  • Vacant (Aitkin Townships)
  • Jason Paulson (Carlton Townships)
  • Rae Piepho (Cook Townships)
  • Larry Salmela (Itasca Townships)
  • Michael Hoops (Lake Townships)
  • Earl Grano (St. Louis County Townships)
  • Jason Hollinday,* Secretary (Native American Tribal Council, Fond du Lac Reservation)
  • Norm Deschampe (Native American Tribal Council, Grand Portage Reservation)
  • Vacant (Native American Tribal Council, Bois Forte Reservation)
  • Walter Hautala (ISD #2711)
  • Daniel Manick (ISD #2142)

At-Large (Citizen) Members

  • Allen Rasmussen,* Treasurer (International Falls)
  • Eric Johnson (International Falls)
  • Paul Nevanen (International Falls)
  • Mary Somnis (Grand Marais)
  • Joel Hoppe (McGregor)
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
  • Vacant

Advisory Members

  • Anne Varda (AAAA Advisory Board)
  • Bob Manzoline (NEMNATP)
  • Earl Elde (DSMIC Advisory Board)