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Blackduck city administrator announces resignation

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Karin Elhard, Blackduck city administrator, announced her resignation Nov. 4 at the Blackduck City Council meeting.

Elhard began working in city government in 1998. She came to Blackduck from Northome in 2007. Working in the dynamics of a changing economy has been the most challenging aspect of her time in Blackduck, she said.

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"We've had to make sure that it's cost-effective to live here with property taxes and all that," Elhard said.

Coming to Blackduck from Northome, she took on more responsibilities, including overlooking the golf course and campground. The bike trail project was also in the beginning stages.

As city administrator, she oversees everything from creating budgets to making staffing recommendations.

Growing up in northern Minnesota has worked to Elhard's advantage and helped her to understand what people need in a small town.

"It's such a diverse position," Elhard said of the job. "And I had the luxury of growing up here."

Along with being the city administrator, she also is the liaison for the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce, as well as the secretary there, and she is president of the Blackduck Development Corp.

"I'm hopeful that my replacement will be able to take those on, too," Elhard said. "It makes a spectacular employment opportunity.

"I've never given anything less that whole dedication, and that's what I'm looking for in the next person. I'm fortunate that I don't need to be somewhere else at a certain date so I can really help them get a person as dedicated and as passionate."

She hasn't set an exact date for her departure and she knows finding a replacement won't be simple.

"I'll stick it out as long as you need me," Elhard told council members at the meeting. "Filling the position won't be an easy task and I'll be there for the transition."

As stated in her letter of resignation, she is reluctant to leave but does find it necessary.

"Sometime life-changing events make you realign things," Elhard said of her resignation.

The city has started advertising for the position.

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