City Council

Mayor: Pat Mikesh
906 Trail Drive

I was first appointed to the city council in 2007, and then ran for office in 2008 and was elected to a special two year term that expired in 2010, I then was elected to a full 4 year term in 2010 and ran for Mayor in 2013. It is a pleasure to serve the community in this capacity. I am for a strong community, and think that together we can make a great place to live. I want all of us to be able to say we are proud to be residents of this place we call Park Rapids.
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Ryan Leckner
16211 Discovery Circle

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Rod Nordberg
508 7th St. W 

   I graduated from Park Rapids High School and University of Minnesota. I’ve lived and worked in Chicago, Minneapolis and Los  Angeles. My work experience includes college teaching, documentary film editing, legal trial assistant, and renting equipment to Hollywood film studios. I moved back to Park Rapids in 2003 after retiring from marketing with Novartis Nutrition in St. Louis Park.

   I’m a member of local organizations including Rotary, Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council, Hubbard County Historical Society, Northern Light Opera Company, and All-School Reunions. I’ve volunteered with Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
   In 2010, I was appointed by the City Council to temporarily fill the position of Councilman Dave Konshok while he was deployed in Afghanistan. During that period, I served on the Airports Commission, Fire Department Relief Association, and Parks Board.
   I’ve attended conferences of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and League of Minnesota Cities, receiving council training.
   My present council assignments include Arts and Culture Advisory Commission, Finance Committee, Economic Development Authority, Headwaters Regional Development Commission, Housing and Redevelopment Authority (River Heights Apartments), Hubbard County Senior Council, Library Board, and Park Rapids Community Development Corporation (Upper Mississippi Center For The Arts at the Armory).

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Erika Randall
311 Birch Briar Lane
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Paul J. Utke
15666 Deerwood Loop
My wife Nancy and I plus our daughters Angela and Alison moved to Park Rapids in 1993.  At that time we had purchased a hardware store on Main Avenue.  Both of our daughters attended and graduated from the Park Rapids Area Schools.  I have been a board member and president of many area and regional organizations including the Minnesota-Dakotas Retail Hardware Association, Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Park Rapids Rotary Club.  We have truly enjoyed living and working in this great community and want nothing but the best for the citizens and visitors of this city.  I was appointed to the council in November 2009 and look forward to serving the community in this capacity.