I had joined the Braham Jaycee’s and have volunteered time with Braham Area Committee for Kids and Braham Dollars for Scholars.
In 2002 I volunteered with Isanti County Safety Rescue and the Boat and Water Patrol.
In 2006 I was elected to the Braham Parks Board and ran for city council being elected in 2008 to two terms. A member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church since 2006 I became a teacher in youth ministry for pre-school and kindergarteners. Today I sing with the band in the Horizon services.
In 2014 I had reestablished the Braham Cub Scouts, which had been inactive for many years. I remain the Cub Master for Pack 230 and am the Den Leader for Tiger and Wolf scouts.
I have remained active with the Grandy Lions since 2015 and volunteer time since 2016 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora and have most recently been accepted as a volunteer at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge. Additionally, I am active in the Matthew 25 Produce Distribution every month as we give food to those in need at the Isanti Middle School.
In 2010 I had brought forth the idea of a multijurisdictional drug task force. Its success has resulted in many arrests and convictions of drug crimes including federal indictments of 3 individuals in Isanti County! This was the first time the US Attorney’s Office took an Isanti County drug investigation federally. Two of these individuals were from Bradford Township, one of our busiest and second most populated townships and the other from Spencer Brook Township.
In 2011 I had brought forth the idea of a drug take back program in Isanti County allowing unused prescription medications to be disposed of along with any illicit drugs, no questions asked. To date we have incinerated more than one metric ton of weight through the program. These are drugs in Isanti County that, with your help, we’ve taken off the streets! Today the program is implemented in departments across the state of Minnesota!
I remain certified in the Project Life Saver program for those with Alzheimer’s and Autism.
In 2017 and 2018 I volunteered time to the Braham Anti-Drug Coalition and Isanti County Anti-Drug and Substance Abuse Coalition and presented the idea of sheriff’s deputies carrying Narcan to aid in saving lives of individuals in an opioid overdose and to protect officers from exposure. With this implementation we have documented a number of lives saved!