"Sometimes to need a little dysfunction in order to make it work, because it can spur fresh ideas. You don’t want to be totally dysfunctional, but a little bit of disagreement can bring out some good things."

First, could you provide a bit of background information, i.e. your age, family, career and educational background, etc.?

    I’m divorced, I have three living children and one passed away five years ago. I have three grandchildren, two adult and one 11. I am retired from the probation department and now work for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

    I am 76 years old. I graduated from UMC with an associates degree in executive housing and hotel and resort management. I managed a resort at Lake of the Woods. I lobbied before the Minnesota Board of Education for Head Start in order to get the state to fund us. I sat on the first steering committee for renters’ rights at the state level.

    I was born in the Twin Cities, I was adopted, and I moved to Roseau and grew up and graduated from there. I went back to the Cities for school, and airline school. I worked at several jobs there and moved from coast to coast. Then I was a nurse in the Twin Cities. I got married in California and moved around the country, and had my kids. When my ex-husband was medically discharged from the Marines, we moved to Warroad. Let’s face it, I’m not young, so I have a lot of background.

Please list your three main reasons for deciding to run for the Ward 4 seat on the city council. Would you have run if Dennis Regan had decided to seek another term?

    I thought nobody was going to run and represent Ward 4. There really wasn’t any deep-seeded  reason for it, other than I thought no one else was running. I know I can handle it. I said Don (Cavalier) was more qualified at the candidate forum, but I can do this work. I just figured my experience was more in advocating for people at the state level and not really at the local level. I helped start a non-profit and have worked at several non-profits. I can work for people and help them. I’ve served on enough committees over the years to know I can work with people.

Please list, in order, what you see as Crookston three biggest assets, and explain your rationale.

    I like Crookston because it’s not a really big or a really small community. It’s kind of just right. It’s fairly cozy, but it’s closer to a bigger city if you want that. for the most part people are friendly even though they’re a little clique-y. You can love the community you’re in but it doesn’t mean you have to lie about it. I love the people, but they can be a little clique-y. I’m just being honest.

Now, on the flip side, please list, in order, what you see as Crookston’s three biggest challenges, or shortcomings.

    Well, like I said, I wish we could get rid of some of the cliques. I know finances are always a struggle in this community, just finding the finances to get things done. The whole town isn’t that way, but in my addition, the roads are just terrible. I really wish they’d get fixed. I know there isn’t enough money to get it all done, but I feel like I live in the patchwork. Other challenges are child care and housing. If you don’t have child care you’re not going to fill the housing. People won’t want to be here without those things. It’s a big to-do, it really is. I do think we’re getting some of the housing, though. That’s grown in recent years. People want to work here, but if we want to keep them here, they need affordable housing and they need child care.

The word “dysfunctional” is being tossed around frequently this campaign season, as people describe the current makeup of the council and mayor and how they communicate and work together. To what level do you agree with that assessment, or disagree with it? Please explain.

    I haven’t kept up with it that much, to be honest. There’s always going to be some dysfunction, you can’t avoid that. Every committee I’ve ever been on there has been some. Sometimes to need a little dysfunction in order to make it work, because it can spur fresh ideas. You don’t want to be totally dysfunctional, but a little bit of disagreement can bring out some good things.

Could you list some favorite hobbies or other things you like to do in your spare time?

    I do a lot of reading and I do some crafting, but not as much these days as I used to.

People like to toss the word “hero” around a lot, but could you list three people that you really admire, or look up to, and explain a little why you’ve picked these three?

    I don’t think I really have any actual heroes. I got over my hero worship a long time ago.