By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Three candidates stepped forward to express their interest in serving on Lester Prairie’s city council to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Mayor Andy Heimerl.
Council Member Eric Angvall was appointed mayor, which left a vacancy on the council.
The council interviewed Aaron Hoover, Tim Dahl, and Randy Mackenthun during a special meeting Tuesday.
Hoover said he moved to Lester Prairie five years ago.
He is a member of the Lester Prairie Fire Department, a paramedic, and works for the McLeod County medical examiner.
Among the issues he said he would like to see addressed were development of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail to bring people into the community, and creation of a playground in the East Park Estates development.
Hoover said one thing that attracted him to Lester Prairie was the attractive price of housing in the city.
He also said he likes the fact the city has a hardware store and other local businesses.
Dahl said he previously lived in Winsted, and moved to Lester Prairie in 2006.
He said he was attracted by the small-town feel and the safe neighborhoods.
Dahl is Wright County’s risk manager, and has been a reserve officer serving on the McLeod County Sheriff’s Posse for 10 years.
Dahl said he is not coming to the council with any personal agenda.
He did note he is concerned about traffic speeds on the narrow streets in East Park Estates, and suggested a speed study be conducted to possibly reduce the speed limit.
Dahl said there is a disconnect between people in the developments and those in the main part of town. He said the Safe Routes to School trail has helped to connect the two.
Mackenthun is a 21-year Air Force veteran.
A native of Plato, he said he looked at properties across McLeod County before settling in the Prairie Ridge development in Lester Prairie.
He said the Air Force pushes community involvement and education. He noted he recently finished a four-year degree, and wants to utilize his education and give something back to the community.
After the three candidates had been interviewed, Council Member Ron Foust said all three candidates would serve the community well.
Foust said the candidate he preferred was Dahl, because of his budget experience and the fact that he works for a government entity.
The other council members echoed Foust’s comments, and the council approved offering the position to Dahl.
City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk contacted Dahl Wednesday, and he agreed to accept the position. He will take the oath of office during the regular council meeting Tuesday.