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Wednesday, 22 February, 2017

420 N. POKEGAMA AVENUE

MISSION STATEMENT

We will meet the basic needs of our city with cost effective quality services, will facilitate healthy growth, and will prepare for the long-term development of our community.


VALUE STATEMENT

We will:

- Operate honestly, ethically and with integrity.
- Treat all people fairly, equitably, and respectfully.
- Encourage open and free communication.
- Respect differences of opinion.
- Recognize policy effect on personal and family lives.
- Prepare for all issues coming before the Council and respect the decisions made.
- Operate in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
- Seek to continually improve in all areas of our business.


 

Mayor - Dale Adams

1806 Fraser Drive
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744
Home Phone:  218-326-8119
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Dale is a life long resident of Grand Rapids graduating from Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College. Dale has been married 37 years to his wife Gayle and they have two grown children, Kirk and Kyle. Kirk is married to Roni Dimich and they live in Grand Rapids with their three children Mila, Niko, and Branik.  Kyle is married to Bobbie Peltier and they live in LaPrairie with their two children Colten and Kyler.

Dale retired from Minnesota Power after working for 34 years in the Fuels and Generation areas as the General Manager of Fuel Services and Production Planning.  

Dale is a past board member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the Y.M.C.A. Currently, he serves on the Fire Relief Association, Joint Powers Gas Board, City/County Co-op Committee, Arrowhead Regional Development Corp., Grand Rapids Hospital Foundation, SCICIPB (South Central Itasca County Intergovernmental Planning Board), Policy and the City's Policy and Ordiance Committee & Budget Committee.  Dale is an avid sports fan and golfer and enjoys spending time with his family and friends going out to eat and movies.

Councilor - Tasha Connelly

Councilor - Dale Christy

Email Councilor Connelly
Cell phone: 218-259-4668
Tasha Connelly was elected to the Grand Rapids City Council in November 2016. She currently serves on the City's Policy and Ordinance Committee, the Civic Center/Park and Recreation Board, and the City/County Cooperative Board. Prior to taking office, Tasha volunteered on the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. 
 
Tasha is employed as a clinical staff member at Children's Mental Health Services. Previous employment included work in Minnesota’s 1st and 9th Judicial Districts as a Guardian ad Litem, with appointments in both juvenile and family court cases. Prior to that, Tasha worked in Colorado's 17th Judicial District where responsibilities included assisting deputy district attorneys, law enforcement, and judicial staff with the management of victims and witnesses in single court division cases. Earlier professional experiences included work as a therapy aide to children with mild to moderate developmental disabilities and as a professionally trained                                                        advocate assigned to criminal and domestic violence cases.
 
Tasha graduated from Grand Rapids High School and attended Itasca Community College. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Summa Cum Laude. Tasha is an alum of the Blandin Leadership Program. She presently volunteers as a board member for the Minnesota Youth Ski League-Itasca County Club; as a committee member for the Women and Girls Wellness and Lifestyle Expo; and as a member of the Philanthropic Educational Opportunities for Women (P.E.O.). Tasha and her family are members of the Community Presbyterian Church.
 
Tasha and her husband, Dan, have been married over 12 years, and together they have two sons. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys reading, playing piano, outdoor concerts and community events, and being in Minnesota's cherished outdoors with family and friends. Her favorite pastime is traveling anywhere with her husband and sons.
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Dale is a lifelong resident of the area graduating from Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master’s Degree from St. Cloud State University along with 6th year licensure as a K-12 Principal and School District Superintendent.  Dale has been married for over twenty years to his wife Misty and they have three children.  Their daughters, Brielle and Marriah, are both graduated and their son, Dylan, attends Grand Rapids High School.

Dale is employed by I.S.D. #318 as the International Baccalaureate and Gifted Education Coordinator.  He also continues to teach part of the day.  Dale has been the Charitable Gambling Manager for the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association for nearly 25 years.  He has also coached and advised youth and high school sports and activities for 30 years.

Dale has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations and has previously been a member of the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board and the Grand Rapids Civic Center/Park and Rec Board.  Currently, he serves as chair of the Grand Rapids Area Cable Commission and serves on the City's Policy and Ordinance Committee, Budget Committee, Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority, and the City/County Cooperative Board.  Dale enjoys spending time with his family, sporting and musical events, and being involved in the community.

Councilor - Rick Blake

Councilor - Bill Zeige

Email Councilor Blake
 
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Rick was born, raised, and has spent most of his adult life in Grand Rapids.  Kathleen and Rick, married for over 45 years, have raised four children, Sholom, Aaron, Jessica, and Michael, in Grand Rapids.
 
A graduate of Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College, Rick went on to obtain a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
 
Before retiring from Blandin Paper Company in August of 2014, Rick was responsible for managing a million dollar budget while supervising a multi-craft work crew.  He owns a small electrical contracting business and teaches part time at Itasca Community College.  Rick has experience working in the taconite industry as an IBEW union construction electrician and as an electrical engineer.
 
Rick continues several generations of Blake family involvement in community affairs.  He was Scouting Coordinator for the Boy Scouts, President of the Murphy School Parent Teachers Club, volunteer with the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, YMCA Board member, Library Board Chair and led successful fundraising efforts for the YMCA and the Grand Rapids Area Library.
 
Housing is a focus for Rick.  He serves on the Grand Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board, has worked for the St. Paul HRA, was a consultant to the Bloomington HRA, was a community organizer aid for Ramsey Action Programs and spent two years in the Careers in Urban and Regional Affairs program at the University of Minnesota.
 
Rick, his grandparents, parents, and one of his children have been business owners in Grand Rapids.
 
Rick and his family enjoy all the recreational activities that Minnesota’s Northland has to offer.  Rick knows how lucky we are to be able to live in Grand Rapids, and wants to do what he can to help keep it a great place to live, work, and raise a family. 
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Bill Zeige was elected to serve on the Grand Rapids City Council in 2014. He looks forward to helping shape the future of the community he and his wife Sue have lived in for over 40 years. They raised their five children - Lynne, Lisa, Laurie, Sarah, and Mark here, and value the education they received at ISD 318, where Sue currently sits on the School Board. Sue also served on the City Council and as Mayor for seven years.
 
Bill retired in 2011 after serving thirty-eight years as pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cohasset. During his years of ministry he served sixteen years as a counselor for Iron Range Lutheran churches. He is currently serving as the interim pastor at Our Redeemer until the church receives a full-time minister. He is also a part-time employee of Andrews-Libbey Funeral Home. 
 
Bill is excited to learn more about the operation of city government while working with the various department heads and their staff. Grand Rapids is a great place to live and raise a family. There are challenges and prospects ahead which can make it an even better community to be a part of.
 
Leisure activities include frequent trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, spending time with friends, and traveling to see their children, and twelve grandchildren.