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

  • 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 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)
  • David Lucas (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)
  • Warren Tinker (St. Louis County Township)
  • Jason Paulson (Carlton Townships)
  • Vacant (Cook Townships)
  • Larry Salmela (Itasca Townships)
  • Jason Hollinday,* Secretary (Native American Tribal Council, Fond du Lac Reservation)
  • Robert Deschampe (Native American Tribal Council, Grand Portage Reservation)
  • Sidra Starkovich (Native American Tribal Council, Bois Forte Reservation)
  • Walter Hautala (ISD #2711)
  • Pat Medure (ISD #318)

AT-LARGE (CITIZEN) MEMBERS

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

ADVISORY MEMBERS

  • Anne Varda* (AAAA Advisory Board)
  • JinYeene Neumann* (NEMNATP)
  • Earl Elde* (DSMIC Advisory Board)

Meetings

The Commission meets the third Thursday of January, April, July, 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.