Three candidates are running for one open seat on the Osakis School Board. The following Q&A aims to provide readers with information regarding who these candidates are, what issues are important to them and why they are running for the position.

Corey Goodwin

Corey Goodwin
Corey Goodwin


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself in a short bio.

I have lived in the Osakis area all my life. I graduated from Osakis High School in 1994. I married my high school sweetheart and together we are raising our four boys. Our boys are the third generation of Goodwins to go through Osakis schools. I have worked as CEO at Rose City Inc., our family-owned business, for 26 years. We have approximately 40 employees. We install canopies, imaging, signs, etc., all over the upper Midwest. In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and being outdoors and spending time with family.

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2. Why are you running?

I was one of the original Gridiron founders. In that process and in working with other parents and staff in the Osakis school, I found that I really enjoyed being involved in making positive change for the kids and the community. Being a key member of the Gridiron Club and my wife a first responder in the area, I have learned that I really enjoy being active in the community and with my two youngest sons still in school, I have an invested interest in Osakis continuing to have the success it has had in the past. I believe the experience I have in running a business and the skills I have developed in dealing with all types of people and situations will help me be a valuable member of the Osakis School Board.

3. What issues are most important to you?

I think there has been a lot going on in the world that has led to many different issues for educators and families. We are all dealing with situations we have never seen before. I think the school has done a good job at dealing with difficult situations. My main thoughts are to do whatever I can to help things run smoothly for the kids, the staff, and community. With everyone working together for the common good I know we will continue to see success in our schools.

4. What do you think is the single biggest challenge facing the district?

I think the biggest challenge for the district is the continuing battle with COVID-19 and everything that brings into play. Again, I think the district is doing its best in a difficult situation and I’m proud of our staff and our kids for being resilient under hard circumstances. I think one of the biggest challenges moving forward will be keeping focused on learning and what’s good and safe for the kids and educators.

Jonathan Ries

Jonathan Ries
Jonathan Ries


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself in a short bio.

I’m a product engineer and father of five boys (ages 2 to 14) originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. My career brought our family to Osakis over two years ago and we have been enjoying the small town atmosphere. I am heavily involved in the adult ministries of Lake Community Church where I am a member. Outside of work and church, I can often be found around the house fixing or maintaining something mechanical or working on a home improvement project. Any remaining free time often gets devoted to learning about history, philosophy, theology or politics.

2. Why are you running?

I’m running because I’ve seen the way schools have gone on the East Coast. Narrative and the agendas of unions, academia, the Department of Education and other special interest groups have taken priority over parental wishes in those institutions. I find it refreshing to have a school district where the parents and the students come first. I want to keep it that way. Furthermore, kids represent the future and I hope to play a small part in preparing our kids to lead in that future.

3. What issues are most important to you?

a. No mandates/No shaming: I will be a steady vote and avid supporter of the current no mask or vaccine mandate and no mask or vaccine shaming policy.

b. Mission and values: Parents have the primary responsibility for their children’s education and the school district should partner with the parents to support the parents’ educational goals for their children. While this is not written in the current mission or value statements of the district, it does seem to be the attitude of the administration. I’d like to support that focus and will advocate adding language to the official district mission and value statements.

c. Curriculum: I hope to advocate for curriculum that is fact based rather than narrative based and age appropriate. This means curriculum that is strong in STEM and technical fields while also teaching a contextually accurate history.

d. Responsible management: As far as I can see, the leadership of our district has carefully managed school finances and facilities. In general, I would be working with school administrators to continue that tradition though I would advocate for reducing our dependence on state and federal funds since those funds can come with strings attached.

4. What do you think is the single biggest challenge facing the district?

I think the biggest issues facing our district lie not directly within our district but in the ideas and policies advocated by outside entities and organizations. Ideas like critical race theory, revisionist history and radical gender theory are being used to divide and radicalize our children in many areas. I moved away from an area where those ideas and policies have become pervasive. I’m ready to stand against them here.

Ashley Shrode

Ashley Shrode
Ashley Shrode


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself in a short bio.

I am a 2006 graduate of Osakis High School and now my husband and I live in town with our two young children. I have an accounting degree and finance degree from Minnesota State University Mankato, where I graduated with honors. I currently work in risk management for USAA.

2. Why are you running?

I am running with the intention of my background in accounting and finance, my passion for this school and community, and my desire to have a strong education program for my own children and the kids in this community, to be an asset to the board. I would like to be involved in the community, and as a former graduate and mother of a kindergarten student, I believe my passion and skillsets would be valuable to this board. My mom worked at the Osakis school for over 40 years, I have a brother in education, and both of my brothers volunteer as firefighters and EMTs in the Osakis community. I was brought up with the understanding that community service and volunteerism is an important aspect of being involved in the community, and if given the opportunity, to do it with enthusiasm.

3. What issues are most important to you?

I believe the Osakis School Board has done a great job in handling the pandemic and I hope to add to the conversations around how we keep our kids and staff safe. I am passionate about athletics and the arts being available to students as they have benefits that teach beyond the classroom. I am also passionate about ensuring the curriculum helps set our students up for success in college and adulthood. I believe my skillsets will also add to conversations around budgeting, resource planning, risk management and disaster preparedness planning.

4. What do you think is the single biggest challenge facing the district?

Osakis has an exceptional reputation and I hope to learn more about the ins-and-outs of daily administration to find out more about the challenges. My focus will be on ensuring the board, administration and staff are all on the same page and have engagement on decision-making. I believe if the staff in the front-line agrees with leadership and the decision making, that allows the school to operate at its best.