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EDC board member resigns after two years of three-year term te

WILLMAR -- Oliver Hagen resigned Thursday from the joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission.

Hagen, a retired banker from Spicer, had one year left to serve in a three-year term. He cited personal reasons for his decision to step off the board.

He told board members Thursday that he has enjoyed being on the operations board.

"I am pleased with many of the accomplishments that have come about. ... I wish you all well and I thank you for being a part of it," he said.

His departure leaves an opening on the board that likely won't be filled until January. Because he represented Kandiyohi County's Fourth Commissioner District, his replacement will be appointed by the County Board.

During his tenure with the Economic Development Commission, Hagen served as vice president of the joint operations board and a member of the business retention and expansion committee. He was one of the key people involved this year in selecting the EDC's new office location in Centre Place in downtown Willmar. The joint operations board of the Economic Development Commission has seven members whose representation is divided among the city of Willmar, Kandiyohi County and at-large.

The joint powers board of the EDC is comprised of three Willmar City Council members and three Kandiyohi County Commissioners.