Park Rapids City Clerk Margie Vik is retiring, effective April 2.

In a letter to the city council, dated Jan. 4, Vik recalled becoming a city employee in 1998. “After 22 years of service to this community,” she wrote, “I have decided that it is time for me to retire. I have worked with many different councilmembers, city administrators and city employees through all of those years, and it was an exciting ride. I leave behind my best wishes to the new city staff as they learn to navigate through their job duties.”

Vik’s retirement letter has not yet been presented to the city council for official acceptance. The council’s next regular meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at city hall.

“Margie has been an exceptional employee for the city,” said Mayor Ryan Leckner. “Her integrity, organizational skills and dedication are going to be hard to replace. She will truly be missed by myself and the city council.”

Leckner added that in his time on the city council and as mayor, “I've really come to admire the person that she is. … Her career is unbelievable, the insight that she has on things. We really lean on her a lot.”

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Interim city administrator Betty Thomsen said, “Back in 2000, when I began my career with the city the first time around, Margie was a part-time employee in the role of the planning/zoning administrative assistant and she applied for the full-time city clerk’s position. What an excellent choice we made in affording her that position. She embraced all the duties of the role of city Clerk and then, as she still is today, has proven to be an invaluable asset to the city and the city administrator.”

Thomsen, who came out of retirement after the sudden resignation of Administrator Ryan Mathisrud last September, also plans to step aside with recent hire Angel Weasner taking over as city administrator later this month.

“I am pleased to have begun my career at the city with Margie, and am equally pleased to retire my career with her by my side,” said Thomsen.