Former Hugo mayor now represents Washington County’s District 1
The Washington County Board of Commissioners began the new year by swearing in four members who took office after being elected or re-elected last November.
Fran Miron, District 1, and Ted Bearth, District 2, joined the board as newly-elected commissioners.
Miron has 20 years of experience in elected office, 16 years as the mayor of Hugo, and four years as a city councilmember. He is a graduate of Forest Lake High School and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife own and operate the Miron Family Dairy & Crop Farm. He has served in numerous civic service organizations, including the University of Minnesota Extension Service and is a director on the Forest Lake Community Scholarship Foundation board. He also served on a multi-jurisdictional transportation coalition which guided the construction of the Interstate 35E interchange, and chaired the Hugo Economic Development Authority.
Miron has also been involved in a number of agricultural organizations, and his family has won farm and conservation awards. He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Hugo.
Bearth was first elected to the Oakdale City Council in 1974, and has spent 26 years as either a city council member or mayor. He is a founder of the Oakdale Athletic Association. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota, and is a Marine veteran. He is retired from American Can in St. Paul and was the park manager in the City of Landfall. He and his wife, Agnes, live in Oakdale.
Gary Kriesel, District 3, and Lisa Weik, District 5, were returned to the board following re-election.
Kriesel was elected in November 2004. He retired from Xcel Energy after 33 years and has served two years on the Stillwater City Council. The U.S. Navy veteran and his wife, Ann, live in Stillwater.
Weik won a special election in 2008. She has a business background in medical device compliance and as a healthcare professional in clinical laboratory medicine. Weik and her husband, Phillip, are residents of Woodbury.