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Christenson joins Blackduck City Council

Sam Christenson was sworn in by city administrator Christina Regas to the Blackduck City Council at Monday’s regular meeting. Photo by Jillian Gandsey.

The Blackduck City Council added a new member as Sam Christenson joined the table at Monday’s regular meeting.

Christenson’s letter of interest was added to the agenda in April and he was sworn in Monday.

Christenson moved to Blackduck in 1975 and worked as a forester for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, retiring in 2006.

Living in Blackduck, Christenson serves on the Blackduck Planning Commission, the city park board and is also involved with the AMVETS organization.

Previously, he was on the Blackduck School Board from 1988 through 1999, was a volunteer firefighter, wrote for The American in the early 1990s, worked with the Blackduck Jaycees and was involved with boy scouts.

Christenson reflected upon his early years in Blackduck and remembers a time when the town was buzzing much louder than it is now.

“I’m kind of a big picture guy,” Christenson said. “When I moved to Blackduck in ’75, that community had like an Olympian’s heartbeat. I mean it was strong, vibrant.”

Christenson said that the farming and logging communities were very strong at that time. “Essentially the demise of the small family farms and it’s not Blackduck, it’s small communities all over the nation,” he said. “I have a vested interest in that community because I live there; I own property there.”

The new council member said it may be impossible to get Blackduck back to what it was but he looks forward to finding the its niche and identifying the strengths within the city.

“The school is a very important part of that,” Christenson said. “I think the school and the city need to, perhaps, even play greater partnership roles with each other than they have in the past.”

The council was short a member after Megan Gustafson resigned as mayor in early February and council member and vice mayor Daryl Lundberg filled the position.

Lundberg will be the mayor through the end of 2014 and that is when Christenson term will be as well.

“I care about Blackduck and I want to see good things happen,” Christenson said.

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at 

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