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New commissioners sworn in

Two new Douglas County commissioners, Tim Kalina and Heather Larson, were sworn in Tuesday morning at the organizational meeting of the Douglas County Board. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 1 / 2
Vicki Doehling, Douglas County elections administrator, conducted the ceremonial oath for Heather Larson and Tim Kalina, who were elected last November as Douglas County commissioners. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 2

It's a new year for the Douglas County Board as the two newly-elected commissioners were sworn in Tuesday morning at the board's annual organizational meeting.

Vicki Doehling, the county's elections administrator, conducted the ceremonial oath for Heather Larson and Tim Kalina, who were voted in last November to serve as Douglas County commissioners.

Commissioner Charlie Meyer was elected board chairman, with Keith Englund being elected as vice chairman.

In his new role as chairman, Meyer made his first appointment, naming county coordinator Heather Schlangen as the board's secretary/clerk. Although it was an appointment, it was still voted on by the commissioners. It passed by a 4-1 vote, with Larson voting against it.

The county board took action on several other items during its organizational meeting and special meeting, which both took place Tuesday, Jan. 8:

• Approved meeting dates and times for the 2019 calendar year.

• Approved committee meetings for the commissioners.

• Approved the Echo Press as the official newspaper of the county for publication of all its required legal notices.

• Approved 14 financial institutions as depositories and/or investment brokers of funds for Douglas County during the upcoming year.

• Approved a bid from Shutter's Tire and Auto for the vehicle maintenance of Douglas County vehicles.

• Approved paying yearly dues to the National Association of Counties, $720, and Association of Minnesota Counties, $16,578.

• Approved donations to the Douglas County SWAT Team from Jeffery and Deborah Callaghan, Douglas and Lori Dewey, Richard and Diane Trisko, Derek and Rebecca Maffei, Eric and Jennifer Vangstad and Amy Budge.

• Approved a donation from the Minnesota Sheriff's Association for the Douglas County Honor Guard.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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