Commission Members

The HRDC is governed by a 25 member Commission, with a large majority of the members consisting of local elected officials.

6 - County Commissioners
5 - Mayors or Councilpersons from Small Cities
4 - Township Board Members
2 - School Board Members
1 - Mayor/Councilperson from Cities over 10,000
3 - American Indian Tribal Council Representatives (one each from Red Lake, White Earth, and Leech Lake Reservations)
4 - Citizens representing public interests (business, higher education, natural resources, and labor)

Executive Committee

  • Cal Larson - Chair
  • Ron Johnson - Vice-Chair
  • Kathy Grell - Treasurer
  • Rick Rone - Secretary

The present membership is as follows:

  • Dave Bessler – Hubbard County Townships
  • Peter Buesseler – Natural Resources
  • Randy Finn – Leech Lake Reservation
  • Craig Gaasvig – Beltrami County
  • Gary Gauldin – School Districts
  • Kathy Grell – Business
  • Mike Harrom – Labor
  • Cody Hasbargen – Lake of the Woods County
  • Ron Johnson – City of Bemidji
  • Cal Larson – Clearwater County Small Cities
  • Deb McArthur – Mahnomen County Small Cities
  • Brian Merschman- Beltrami County Townships
  • Michael Meuers – Red Lake Reservation
  • Jean Nelson – Mahnomen County Townships
  • John A. Nelson – Clearwater County
  • Larry Olson – Mahnomen County
  • Vacant - Beltrami County Small Cities
  • Alan Bedford - Higher Education
  • Jay Pike – School Districts
  • Rick Rone – Lake of the Woods County Small Cities
  • Liz Stone – Hubbard County Small Cities
  • Mike Triplett – White Earth Reservation
  • Ted Van Kempen– Hubbard County
  • Jon Waibel – Lake of the Woods County
  • Vacant – Clearwater County Townships