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Shelli Krueth is the new Kelliher City Clerk

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Shelli Krueth didn't know what she would do for work once she and her husband moved to Kelliher. After several people told her to apply for the city clerk position, she gave it a whirl and got the job.

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A little over a month ago, former city clerk, Dianna Thurlow resigned from the position to take the job of the assistant city clerk in Blackduck. After two special meetings held by the Kelliher City Council to try and persuade Thurlow to stay, they were left with only a limited amount of time to fill the position.

Krueth, who was living in the Twin Cities area, was planning to move back to her hometown of Kelliher at the time of the posting. Because she was in the process of moving, she didn't know if she would be able to jump into a new career as soon as the city needed her to. Nonetheless, she applied and was given the job.

"Everyone was telling me to hurry up and get here to apply for the job," she said. "The timing wasn't the best, but here I am."

In the past, Krueth spent over 13 years working in the office at Anderson Fabrics.

"I went through the whole accounting department and then moved on to the computer department where I spent five years," she explained. "It was all self taught."

Krueth said the position comes with a lot of different areas that she is unfamiliar with.

"This election coming up is something I have to help with and I've never done anything like that," she said. "The different grants and all the questions that come with that are confusing."

She went on to explain that she is excited to learn the job and everything that comes with it.

Krueth and her husband of 29 years, Randy, recently spent nine years living in the Twin Cities.

"While I was there, I was a bookkeeper and property manager for seven different commercial retail stores," she said. "I ended up getting involved in every aspect of the business. I have a wide variety of experiences."

She said she looks forward to what she can bring to her new job and to the city of Kelliher.

"I hope that I can do a good job in the position and be a good liaison for the city and the council," she said.

Krueth and her husband have two grown children.

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