First, could you provide a bit of background information, i.e. your age, family, career and educational background, etc.?
I’m 46 years old. Married for 19 years to my wife Debbie, We have two teenage girls (Adalaid & Emily). We have owned the Golf Terrace Motel since January 2010, prior to that I was in sales in Minneapolis. Not much schooling past high school beyond the school of hard knocks.
Please list, in order, what you see as Crookston’s three biggest assets, and explain your rationale.
1. Small town community (great place to raise kids and some pretty good housing values)
2. The arena with the events it brings to town and the potential it has.
3. New business growth, without it a small town becomes pretty stagnant.
Now, on the flip side, please list, in order, what you see as Crookston’s three biggest challenges, or shortcomings.
1. Small town community, it can be pretty difficult for an outsider to come in and feel welcome.
2. Empty/rundown buildings and houses – This one is self explanatory.
3. Some not open to change; I’ve heard “we’ve never done it that way” several times at council meetings.
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 don’t know that I’d use the word “dysfunctional” but if you want to get anything accomplished you need to find a way to work together.
Could you list some favorite hobbies or other things you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy working on cars. Newer crashed ones or old ones. However, my favorite thing is taking my family on our annual trip to Disney World.
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 really have any hero’s but I really look up to my dad. He taught me pretty early that without integrity you don’t have anything. I’ve tried to pass that along to my girls.