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EDC board organizes for the new year
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WILLMAR -- The governing board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission organized itself for the new year Thursday by electing officers.


Harlan Madsen, a Kandiyohi County commissioner, will head the board in 2011. The chairmanship alternates between the city and the county, who each have three representatives on the joint powers board overseeing economic development activities in Kandiyohi County and Willmar.

Frank Yanish, who was elected last November as Willmar's new mayor, was named vice president of the board.

Denis Anderson of the Willmar City Council and Dean Shuck of the Kandiyohi County Board were reappointed secretary and treasurer.

Jim Butterfield, newly elected to the County Board of Commissioners, also was appointed as the county board's liaison to the EDC joint operations board.

The joint operations board, which provides much of the oversight and direction for the economic development agency's day-to-day work, has a new member as well: Rick Nordin, whose appointment was approved Thursday. Nordin replaces Gordy Behm, who resigned from the board this past month.

The turnover in officers and part of the board membership is the only change facing the EDC at the beginning of the new year.

One-year contracts with EDC staff also were approved Thursday. Salaries are the same as last year, $78,257 for the executive director and $60,083 for the assistant director.

Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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