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Stade sworn in to Blackduck City Council

After the council vacancy was tabled at last month’s Blackduck City Council meeting, the council made the motion to add Kris Stade to the council.

The spot has been vacant since previous councilmember Cory Veazey’s participation in the council declined in May and was declared off the council in Aug.

Stade was present at the meeting on Dec. 11, but the council wasn’t prepared to swear in the new member that night so they waited until the next morning.

Stade is a native of Eden Valley, Minn., and said the community was about the same size as that of Blackduck.

He and his wife, Amanda, have lived in Blackduck for three and a half years. They have a 2-year-old son and another baby on the way, according to Stade.  

Before moving to Blackduck, they lived in Bemidji for three years.

He said he chose to move his family to Blackduck because here he could get more house for his dollar.

Stade works for Rule 36 Limited Partnerships of Duluth as a manager of a group home for adults with mental illnesses.

He isn’t new to the Blackduck City Council. He worked on the council from September 2012 until January 1 and ran on the ballot in November 2012.

According to Stade, he lost to either Mary Loeken or Rudy Patch. His current term will run until the end of 2014.

During his previous work on the council, Stade said he worked primarily on the budget and that it was a good experience.

Jillian Gandsey

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