Weather Forecast


Beltrami County commissioners file for re-election

Beltrami County Commissioners Jack Frost, Jim Heltzer and Joe Vene filed for re-election Tuesday, the first day candidates could file to run in the November election.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as your District I commissioner for the past nine years," Frost wrote in his candidacy statement.

Frost cited his common sense leadership, which he said he believes has been an asset to the Beltrami County Board. The board's mission, he said, is to provide constituents with essential services including quality roads and bridges, reliable public safety equitable and effective human services and environmental stewardship.

"I consider myself amiable and deal well with people in all walks of life," he said.

He cited the importance of not just looking at how many people receive human services, but also looking at the outcomes of those services.

"Our strategic aligned management initiative known as County Redesign has been the focus of Beltrami County as we embrace new and creative ways to deliver services," Frost said.

As the owner of a small business, Joe's Lodge on Lake Andrusia, Frost also discussed the need to run the county like a business.

"You don't spend more than you take in," he said. "Keep that budget to a minimum."

He said he is pleased that the 2010 levy is 1.9 percent lower than in 2009 giving Beltrami County one of the lowest levy increases among the 87 Minnesota counties.

Frost is chairman of the Mississippi Headwaters Board and has served on the boards of the Kitchigami Regional Library, Bemidji Regional Airport, Blackduck Ambulance, Cass Lake Fire Department, Planning Commission, Bemidji Leads, Mississippi River Parkway, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also active in the Bemidji Evangelical Free Church, Bemidji Lions Club and Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto Club.

Frost's district covers Bemidji Ward 5, the cities of Tenstrike and Turtle River and the townships of Summit, Port Hope, Taylor, Birch, Turtle River, Sugar Bush, Moose Lake, Ten Lake and Unorganized Brook Lake.

Other Beltrami County candidates who filed for re-election Tuesday are Kay Mack for auditor/treasurer, Phil Hodapp for sheriff and Tim Faver for county attorney.