Mayor Paul Janssen appointed one new member to the Pine City Planning Commission to replace Jane Doran, who resigned partway through her term. Lezlie Sauter replaces Doran as the only remaining female on the Commission.
Doran’s term was set to expire December 31, 2015, but Sauter will serve until that time. Sauter, who was born and raised in Pine City, is the daughter of Tim and Cenia Ballis. She is a 2001 graduate of Pine City High School. At age 30, she is the second-youngest to presently serve on the Planning Commission.
Sauter holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls. Her past employment history includes time as a certified nursing assistant at Lakeside Medical Center, bartender at Village Inn, server at Minnesota Machine Shed (in Lake Elmo, Minn.), and an EMT at Pine Medical Center (now Essentia in Sandstone).
Since 2006, she has worked in nearby Mora at Lakes and Pines Community Action Council, Inc., a private, non-profit with the mission to build prosperous communities by serving local families and individuals in their pursuit of self-reliance. She first worked as the Project Manager assisting local communities and property owners in rehabilitating housing and commercial properties and now currently is the Community Services Director and Agency Planner overseeing homelessness programming and self-sufficiency programming, in addition to grant writing and planning.
She married Jonah Sauter in 2009 and the couple makes their in the city limits on the 700-block of 8th Avenue SW with their beagle Manny, and what Sauter describes as, “2.5 children”: Amelia is 3.5 years; Crosby, two, and a third baby is due in July, 2014.
In her spare time, Sauter has been involved in the Dala of Mora Business & Professional Women’s group, since 2006, serving as the Secretary in 2009 and serving on the scholarship committee 2007-’09. She was also involved in the Pine City Horizon’s program from 2008-’10; GPS:45:93 since 2010; and enjoys fishing, golfing, playing softball with the Pink Ladies and going to Art in the Park with her family. She loves shoes, purses, make-up artistry and the Great Pine County Get-Together, the Pine County Fair.
The mayor re-upped the terms of other Commissioners set to expire: Chair Frank Christopherson, Brent Jahnz, Dan Rydberg, and Loren Skluzacek. Any interested, Pine City High School senior high student is welcome to express his or her interest in being appointed as a student representative for a one-year term, now held by Amie Yerke. Call (320) 629-2575, ext. 105 with any questions or to be considered.