Elk River makes appointments to boards, commissions
by Joni Astrup
The Elk River City Council has made the following appointments recently. All terms are for three years.
Energy City Commission
Bruce Sayler and Tim Steinbeck have been reappointed as energy-related business representatives to the Energy City Commission. Tom Sagstetter is a new applicant who will serves as the Elk River Municipal Utilities representative on the commission. Sagstetter replaces Vance Zehringer, who did not seek reappointment.
Sayler, of Stacy, is manager of regulatory and government relations for Connexus Energy in Ramsey. He has more than 26 years of experience in the electric utility field. Sayler also serves as president of the Anoka Technical College Foundation and president of the a Meals on Wheels board.
Steinbeck, manager at Great River Energy in Elk River, is a mechanical engineer with 30-plus years of experience in the power industry. He has lived and worked in Elk River for 24 years.
Sagstetter, of Zimmerman, is a conservation/key account manager with Elk River Municipal Utilities. He has worked with electric and natural gas utilities for more than 14 years.
Heritage Preservation Commission
Joshua Fox was reappointed to the Heritage Preservation Commission. He is a historical interpreter with the Minnesota Historical Society and lives in Elk River.
He has a degree in history from St. Cloud State University.
Ice Arena Commission
Mike Cunningham and DeAnn Givens have been reappointed to the Ice Arena Commission. Cunningham is a school district representative; Givens is a skating club representative.
Cunningham, of Ramsey, is activities director at Elk River High School.
Givens, of Nowthen, is office manager at Givens Auto. She is in her fourth year serving on the figure skating board, has taught Learn to Skate for the City of Elk River and is in her 13th year as a hockey parent.
Parks and Recreation Commission
Mark Ahlness was reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission and Ryan Holmgren was appointed to an open seat. Andrew Karlsen did not seek reappointment.
Ahlness, of Ramsey, is member services officer at the Greater MN Credit Union, Elk River branch. He has a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks and leisure services and previously worked for the Elk River Parks and Recreation Department.
Holmgren, of Elk River, is a teacher and coach. He also is a former Recreation Department coach.
Jennifer Wagner, of Elk River, also sought appointment to the commission. She is a small business owner and member of Elk River’s Downtown River’s Edge Association. She also is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council for the Sherburne County Area United Way, marketing and promotions chair for 2012 and 2013 Shiver Elk River and on the executive committee for the city’s Powered by Nature brand initiative.
Some council members and the mayor indicated that both Wagner and Holmgren were very qualified for the position, and encouraged Wagner to seek an appointment when there is another opening on the Parks and Recreation Commission or on another city board or commission.
Eric Johnson was reappointed to the Planning Commission and Jeremy Johnson was appointed for the first time. Paul Bell did not seek reappointment.
Eric Johnson, of Elk River, is a senior system engineer with Select Comfort.
Jeremy Johnson, of Elk River, works in loan and appraisal review at The Bank of Elk River. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas and is a licensed Realtor as well as a commercial lender and loan review officer. He has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteers and participated in Leadership Elk River.