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Rosenmeier Board elects new president, board member

The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at Central Lakes College has appointed a new president and board member. Jim Russell was elected its new president. He replaces outgoing president Mike O’Rourke. Jeff Meyer, from Avon, was appointed to the board. 

Steve Wenzel, Executive Director of the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, said both Russell and Meyer will bring unique skills and expertise to their roles. 

Russell, who serves as the CLC Men’s Basketball coach and physical education instructor, said he looks forward to continuing the work of the Center.   

 “The Rosenmeier Center has sponsored some excellent speakers and forums over the years,” he said. “I believe we must continue to host forums that bring valuable information to the people of North Central Minnesota on the vital issues and problems facing our local governments and the state of Minnesota.” 

Wenzel said, “Jeff Meyer brings remarkable experience and knowledge in state and local government.  Meyer’s vast work experience and knowledge as an environmental consultant will be valuable to the Rosenmeier Center.”    

Meyer has also served on the Avon City Council for eight years and two years as chairman of the Holy Family School Board in Avon.   

Meyer said, “I am truly honored to serve on the Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government. Gordon Rosenmeier was a principled conservative legislator and one of the most powerful and influential legislators in all of Minnesota history.  It is therefore 

very important that the Rosenmeier Center continues as a model for excellence and integrity in government. We want future generations to be inspired to continue the legacy of Rosenmeier by having strong state and local governments.”    


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