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Wadena City Council Election: Lunde seeks second term on council

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. At the close of that election, three residents will be elected to the board. Three candidates are running for the three seats. They include incumbents Mark Lunde and Mayor George Deiss and former councilman Dan Sartell.

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WADENA — Mark Lunde is finishing up his first term as a Wadena City Councilman and looks to continue in the role with no one filing to run against him.
Find out more about Lunde and his thoughts on current issues below.

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Mark Lunde (2022)
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Tell us about yourself including education, occupation, family, interests, hobbies, etc.
Mark Lunde, 1993 graduate of Wadena Deer Creek. Attended college at Central Lakes College for Business Management. Own and operate three car dealerships, an auto finance company and a reinsurance company-all automotive related. Married to wife Nicole who is an RN at Lakewood Health and we have two kids MJ and Julia both at Wadena Deer Creek High School. We spend a lot of time at the lake, watching kid’s sports and flying.

What qualities do you possess that will make or make you a good city council member?
As an incumbent now I can say that it is much more involved than other "boards" or committees I have been on. As a member or former member of boards on Habitat for Humanity, Mahube-Otwa, Wadena Hockey and others, being a council member is not just about a monthly meeting. You have to collect a lot of information, talk to many people and get as many opinions and as much involvement as possible. Having and making time for it can be demanding and rewarding!

Early registration must be completed online or received by mail no later than 20 days prior to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

What do you see as the strengths of the city?
Wadena may be one of the most under-rated places I am aware of. One of the biggest things is our location. You don't get much more "central" than Wadena! Secondly is our proximity to almost everything. You want to fish, ski, swim, hunt, shop or eat or drink, it's all right here or very close by! Thirdly is our opportunities. As the world has become smaller with the internet, our cost of living, quality of life and ammentaties like our park system, schools, etc... makes Wadena tough to beat! While small towns and cities are often measured by jobs or growth (and Wadena has both), there are many more factors to consider and Wadena checks most of those boxes!

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What is a challenge facing the city and what would you do about it?

As always, budgeting and keeping costs low is a priority. In increasingly uncertain economic times, it will take long term thinkers to make sure our expenses and budget are in check and keep services at the high level we've come to expect.

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