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Blackduck mayor resigns

Blackduck Mayor Megan Gustafson has resigned. The City Council accepted her resignation letter at its meeting Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 (file photo)

BLACKDUCK -- Megan Gustafson has resigned as mayor of Blackduck.

The City Council accepted Gustafson's resignation letter at its regular meeting Monday evening.

“Since August I have been employed out of town, out of state and most recently on an island on the north end of Lake of the Woods,” Gustafson wrote in her letter of resignation.

“As a result, I am not around town often which makes it difficult to attend events, meetings, etc. I believe our citizens deserve to have a mayor that is accessible to them. Therefore, I am resigning effective immediately.”

Council member and vice mayor Daryl Lundberg, who also is a former mayor, will replace Gustafson through the end of the year.

Lundberg has been on the council since 2005 and said the council was anticipating Gustafson’s resignation.

Accepting Lundberg’s new position wasn’t the only appointment made Monday.

Christina Regas was also voted in as the new City Administrator of Blackduck, replacing Karin Elhard.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new administrator,” Lundberg said of his time as mayor, which will be a little less than 11 months long. “And helping her get to know her city better.”

Gustafson was a write-in candidate in the 2012 election and won by nine votes. She served for a little over a year and a month.

Jillian Gandsey

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