Two vie for Blackduck mayor
BLACKDUCK -- Mayor Rudy Patch is running for re-election in Blackduck on Nov. 6 and will be challenged by current City Council member Jason Kolb. Here's a look at the two candidates: Patch is running for his second term as mayor, and served on th...
BLACKDUCK -- Mayor Rudy Patch is running for re-election in Blackduck on Nov. 6 and will be challenged by current City Council member Jason Kolb.
Here’s a look at the two candidates:
Patch is running for his second term as mayor, and served on the City Council from 2012-16.
A BHS graduate, he is married to Jane Patch and they have several children, four of whom are still attending school in Blackduck. He works as an auto technician and service manager at Bogarts Service, Towing, and Repair. He also spent 11 years as a member of the Blackduck Volunteer Fire Department.
Patch said he has learned a great deal as mayor and City Council member, including the need to take the time to listen to people and take everything into consideration while looking for ways to solve the issues. “I am just another voice and vote on the City Council,” Patch said. “There’s no great power, just cooperation.”
He stressed the importance of community partnerships, and he attends meetings of the Blackduck Development Corp. and Chamber of Commerce.
Patch also stressed the importance of the proposed .5 percent sales tax on the Nov. 6 ballot that will help to improve existing streets and sidewalks. He also is working to help bring natural gas into Blackduck. He praised the City Council for how well they work together, as well as the public works staff’s dedication, and the great improvement to The Pond. He acknowledged the struggles of the Blackduck Municipal Golf Course. “We need to keep it going. It is a beautiful and well-maintained course that attracts a large number of people.”
“Now, I really want to make Main Street more attractive to businesses, consumers, and tourists,” he said.
“I wanted to run for mayor because I’m always concerned with where our town is going. We are maintaining but I want to see Blackduck grow,” Patch said. “We have a great school and I want my kids to go to school here. We have a great town -- that’s why I want to continue to serve: to keep making Blackduck better.”
Kolb is a current City Council member. Kolb and his family moved to Blackduck in 2012. He is employed at Anderson Fabrics and is a floater working between three departments wherever he is needed. He is married to Hayley Kolb and has a 10-year old son in Blackduck Elementary School.
The Kolb family moved to Blackduck from Eagan, Minn. Before that, they lived in Texas where Kolb served in the United States Army from 2004 to 2009 prior to a work injury, after which he was discharged.
He is in his second year as a City Council member. Kolb said that what he brings to the job as a City Council member and will bring to the mayor’s office if elected are his core values as gained through his military service: honor, integrity, and the right way of doing things, he said.
“I am very determined in my vision, but also empathetic to the needs of others,” Kolb said.
Kolb is impressed with the strong City Council presence and the way they are all able to work together to solve problems and reach a consensus on issues that affect the citizens and businesses of Blackduck.
Kolb has recently returned to college at Bemidji State University, majoring in political science and criminal justice. He currently holds associate’s degrees in network administration, computer information sciences, network security and internet marketing.
His goals, should he prevail at the polls on Nov. 6, he said are to make Blackduck more attractive for the promotion of tourism; to promote Blackduck as a family oriented town; increase beautification projects; and pursue more activities for families, teens, and young adults.
“I am an open book,” Kolb said. “I’m a family oriented man and love helping others. That’s who I am. I have a need to help people.”
Blackduck City Council There are two Blackduck City Council Seats up for election Nov. 6. Paige Moore and Will Sellon are currently finishing two unexpired terms on the council and both will run for their seats this year. Both terms are for four years and both Moore and Sellon are running unopposed for the positions.