Paul McDonald sworn in as 4th District county commissioner

SLC Board honors Tom Rukavina with a moment of silence
The 2019 St. Louis County Board includes (l. to r.) Mike Jugovich, Keith Nelson, Patrick Boyle, Beth Olson, Frank Jewell and Paul McDonald. A special election will be held Aug. 13 to fill the vacant 5th District commissioner seat. Submitted photo.

The 2019 St. Louis County Board includes (l. to r.) Mike Jugovich, Keith Nelson, Patrick Boyle, Beth Olson, Frank Jewell and Paul McDonald. A special election will be held Aug. 13 to fill the vacant 5th District commissioner seat. Submitted photo.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County commissioners on Tuesday selected Commissioner Patrick Boyle to serve as county board chair for 2019. Commissioner Mike Jugovich was selected vice chair.

Boyle has been on the County Board since 2014. He was first elected in a special election to fill the remainder of the term of the late Steve O’Neil. He was re-elected in 2016. He represents the Second District, which covers the eastern portion of Duluth.

The board started the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of former commissioner Tom Rukavina, who passed away on Monday. Commissioners then spent time sharing memories and paying tribute to him.

“He always fought so hard for kids and people in St. Louis County,” said Commissioner Beth Olson. “He invested his whole heart. I respected his fight and his wisdom.”

Commissioner Paul Mc- Donald, who succeeded Rukavina on the Board, said, “Whether you agreed with him or not, you liked him. There was no better advocate, and I’m going to miss him.”

The swearing in of Mc- Donald was held Monday in Ely. Commissioner Mike Jugovich administered the oath of office. It was said that it was a somewhat somber event coming just hours after the news of Tom Rukavina’s death. Commissioner McDonald noted that he now has some big shoes to fill.

Commissioner Mike Jugovich stated simply, “What a loss.” He ended his comments referencing Rukavina’s pride in his Croatian heritage, speaking first in Croatian and then translating, “Until we meet again. I’ll miss you.”

Boyle assigned commissioners to chair the following standing committees of the board:

• Health and Human
Services: Frank Jewell
• Environment and
Natural Resources: Keith
Nelson
• Public Works and
Transportation: Mike
Jugovich
• Finance and Budget:
Beth Olson
• Public Safety and Corrections: Paul McDonald
• Central Management
and Intergovernmental
Relations: Patrick Boyle

Commissioners also

approved their meeting schedule for 2019. Consistent with the Board’s ongoing efforts to provide easier access to meetings for all citizens of St. Louis County, at least one meeting each month will be held in locations around the county, outside of Duluth. The 2019 schedule is set forth below and can be found online at stlouiscountymn.gov/ boardschedule (date and meeting location). All

meetings are scheduled on Tuesdays and begin at 9:30 a.m.: • Jan. 22: St. Louis County Courthouse, Virginia • Feb. 5: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth • Feb. 12: Proctor City Hall, Proctor • Feb. 26: Floodwood Fair Center, Floodwood • March 5: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth • March 12: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth

• March 26: Babbitt City
Hall, Babbitt
• April 2: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth
• April 16: St. Louis
County Courthouse, Duluth • April 23: Northland
Town Hall, Canyon
• May 7: St. Louis County
Courthouse, Duluth
• May 14: Gnesen Town
Hall, Duluth
• May 28: Cedar Valley
Town Hall, Floodwood
• June 4: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth

• June 11: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth
• June 25: Balkan Community Center, Chisholm
• July 9: Lakewood Town
Hall, Duluth
• July 23: Industrial Town
Hall, Saginaw
• Aug. 6: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth
• Aug. 13: Great Scott
Town Hall, Kinney
• Sept. 3: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth
• Sept. 10: St. Louis
County Courthouse, Duluth • Sept. 24: Ely City Hall,

Ely
• Oct. 1: St. Louis County
Courthouse, Duluth
• Oct. 8: Hermantown
City Hall, Hermantown
• Oct. 22: McDavitt Town
Hall, Forbes
• Nov. 5: St. Louis County
Courthouse, Duluth
• Nov. 12: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth
• Nov. 26: Arrowhead
Town Hall, Brookston
• Dec. 3: Embarrass Town
Hall, Embarrass
• Dec. 17: St. Louis County Courthouse, Duluth
Meanwhile, during the

Committee of the Whole
meeting, commissioners
gave preliminary approval to scheduling a special
election to fill the vacant
5th District commissioner seat. The vacancy
was created when Pete
Stauber was elected to
Congress. His term on
the county board runs
through 2020. The Board
is expected to give final
approval at its next meeting, which will be Jan. 22,
in Virginia.

The resolution calls for special election dates that are consistent with state statute—May 14 for the primary election and Aug. 13 for the special general election. (If two or fewer candidates file, then May 14 would be the special general election.) The filing period for candidates would be Feb. 19 through March 5.

For more information about St. Louis County and its Board of Commissioners, call 218-726-2450 or visit stlouiscountymn. gov.

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