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Park Rapids voters elect new mayor to office

Mayor-elect Pat Mikesh

Pat Mikesh beat out incumbent Nancy Carroll for the Park Rapids mayor seat. He won the seat with an 11-vote margin, 837 to 826.

"I have a big set of shoes to fill," Mikesh said. "I think Nancy did a great job and I look forward to getting in there and getting to work with all of the projects we have coming up."

He currently serves as a Park Rapids councilmember, where he has held a seat for six years. After the first of the year, the council will need to appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of Mikesh's term.

Mikesh has lived in Park Rapids for 25 years, graduated from Park Rapids Area High School with the class of 1986, served on the Park Rapids Fire Department for 13 years and worked in the Park Rapids area for 25 years.

In the Voters Guide printed by the Park Rapids Enterprise, Mikesh said his experiences consist of working with the city council and community with the improvements of the city's infrastructure while assisting with keeping the costs to a minimum for all citizens.

His priorities for the next few years include working more on the core of the city's infrastructure before implementing additional annexations. He would also like to revisit the policies and fee schedules of the storm water and sewer hook-up fees. He is open to see the economy grow and bring new businesses to the area.

Park Rapids City Council incumbent David W. Konshok received the most votes in with 990 votes. Rod Nordberg came in second with 821 votes. Both were elected to the council. Others who ran for the council seats were Dick Rutherford who received 578 votes and Joel Vorhes who received 311 votes.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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