On Tuesday, January 3, Mark Foldesi of rural Greenbush and District 5 county commissioner, was sworn in as the new Chairman of the Roseau County Board of Commissioners. Glenda Phillipe, District 1, took the oath of office as Vice Chair.
Other county commissioners are: Jack Swanson, District 2; Roger Falk, District 3, and Russell Walker, District 4.
Mark Foldesi has served as a county commissioner since 1999. What made him decide to first run for the office?
He replied, “ I thought I could make a difference although I didn’t see that the county was in great need of change but I felt the urge to serve the people of my district and Roseau County. There was something inside of me that just said, ‘do it’.
“I can honestly say that I haven’t regretted it. The people in the district have really been good. I haven’t always been able to give what they would like to have done, but I have found I’ve been able to work with people…working together towards a common agreement.”
Mark and his wife Lori, reside east of Greenbush where he is involved in grain farming and owns a welding shop. The couple has two daughters. Courtney and her husband, Jerry Peters, make their home in Barnett township; Kelsey, her husband Ryan Hagen, and their daughter Ruby reside in Fargo, N.D.
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