Sunday, 23 January, 2022

420 N. Pokegama Ave

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

City Hall: 218-326-7600


We will meet the basic needs of our city with cost effective quality services, will facilitate healthy growth, and will prepare for the long-term development of our community.


We will:

- Operate honestly, ethically and with integrity.
- Treat all people fairly, equitably, and respectfully.
- Encourage open and free communication.
- Respect differences of opinion.
- Recognize policy effect on personal and family lives.
- Prepare for all issues coming before the Council and respect the decisions made.
- Operate in a safe and environmentally sound manner.
- Seek to continually improve in all areas of our business.


Mayor - Dale Christy

Cell phone: 218-259-4668


Dale is a lifelong resident of the area graduating from Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master’s Degree from St. Cloud State University along with 6th year licensure as a K-12 Principal and School District Superintendent.  Dale has been married for over twenty years to his wife Misty and they have three children.  Their daughters, Brielle and Marriah, are both graduated and their son, Dylan, attends Grand Rapids High School.

Dale is employed by I.S.D. #318 as the International Baccalaureate and Gifted Education Coordinator.  He also continues to teach part of the day.  Dale has been the Charitable Gambling Manager for the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association for nearly 25 years.  He has also coached and advised youth and high school sports and activities for 30 years.

Dale has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations and has previously been a member of the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board and the Grand Rapids Civic Center/Park and Rec Board.  Currently, he serves as chair of the Grand Rapids Area Cable Commission and serves on the City's Policy and Ordinance Committee, Budget 

Committee, Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority, and the City/County Cooperative Board.  Dale enjoys spending time with his family, sporting and musical events, and being involved in the community.


Councilor - Dale Adams

Home Phone:  218-326-8119

Dale is a life long resident of Grand Rapids graduating from Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College. Dale has been married 37 years to his wife Gayle and they have two grown children, Kirk and Kyle. Kirk is married to Roni Dimich and they live in Grand Rapids with their three children Mila, Niko, and Branik.  Kyle is married to Bobbie Peltier and they live in LaPrairie with their two children Colten and Kyler.

Dale retired from Minnesota Power after working for 34 years in the Fuels and Generation areas as the General Manager of Fuel Services and Production Planning.  

Dale is a past board member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the Y.M.C.A. Currently, he serves on the Fire Relief Association, Joint Powers Gas Board, City/County Co-op Committee, Arrowhead Regional Development Corp., Grand Rapids Hospital Foundation, SCICIPB (South Central Itasca County Intergovernmental Planning Board), Policy and the City's Policy and Ordiance Committee & Budget Committee.  Dale is an avid sports fan and golfer and enjoys spending time with his family and friends going out to eat and movies.

Councilor - Tasha Connelly

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Tasha Connelly was elected to the Grand Rapids City Council in November 2016. She currently serves on the City's Policy and Ordinance Committee, the Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority (GREDA), the City/CountyCooperative Board and most recently, the Human Rights Commission. Tasha has served on the Greenway Joint Recreation Association Board, the Grand Rapids Park and Recreation Board and the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS). Prior to taking office, Tasha volunteered on the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. 
Tasha is employed by ISD #318 as a Student Support Specialist. Previous employment includes work as a clinical staff member at Children’s Mental Health Services and work in Minnesota’s 1st and 9th Judicial Districts as a Guardian ad Litem, with appointments in both juvenile and family court cases. Prior to that, Tasha worked in Colorado's 17th Judicial District where responsibilities included assisting deputy district attorneys, law enforcement, and judicial staff with the management of victims and witnesses in single court division cases. 
Tasha graduated from Grand Rapids High School and attended Itasca Community College. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Summa Cum Laude. Tasha is an alumni of the Blandin Leadership Program and is a Itasca County Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) trainer. She is also a member of the Philanthropic Educational Opportunities for Women, Chapter FV. Tasha and her family are members of the Community Presbyterian Church.
Tasha and her husband, Dan, have been married for 15 years, and together they have two sons. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys reading, playing piano, cross-country and downhill skiing and cycling the City’s over 50 miles of trail systems with her children. Her favorite pastime is spending time anywhere outdoors with her husband and sons.

Councilor - Rick Blake

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Rick was born, raised, and has spent most of his adult life in Grand Rapids.  Kathleen and Rick, married for over 45 years, have raised four children, Sholom, Aaron, Jessica, and Michael, in Grand Rapids.
A graduate of Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College, Rick went on to obtain a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
Before retiring from Blandin Paper Company in August of 2014, Rick was responsible for managing a million dollar budget while supervising a multi-craft work crew.  He owns a small electrical contracting business and teaches part time at Itasca Community College.  Rick has experience working in the taconite industry as an IBEW union construction electrician and as an electrical engineer.
Rick continues several generations of Blake family involvement in community affairs.  He was Scouting Coordinator for the Boy Scouts, President of the Murphy School Parent Teachers Club, volunteer with the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association, YMCA Board member, Library Board Chair and led successful fundraising efforts for the YMCA and the Grand Rapids Area Library.
Housing is a focus for Rick.  He serves on the Grand Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board, has worked for the St. Paul HRA, was a consultant to the Bloomington HRA, was a community organizer aid for Ramsey Action Programs and spent two years in the Careers in Urban and Regional Affairs program at the University of Minnesota.
Rick, his grandparents, parents, and one of his children have been business owners in Grand Rapids.
Rick and his family enjoy all the recreational activities that Minnesota’s Northland has to offer.  Rick knows how lucky we are to be able to live in Grand Rapids, and wants to do what he can to help keep it a great place to live, work, and raise a family. 

Councilor - Michelle Toven

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Michelle was elected to the Grand Rapids City Council in November 2018. She is a 4th generation Itasca County resident and has deep roots in the area with family in Grand Rapids, Coleraine, and Cohasset. She attended elementary school at Riverview Elementary in Grand Rapids, and graduated from Brainerd Senior High School.
A graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Michelle has a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in political science and history. She is currently employed with BlueCross BlueShield, and has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 7 years. 
Past experience includes volunteering for various campaign and issues at different levels of government, and as a member of the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. She is a graduate of the Wellstone Action leadership training, and was chosen to take part in the Itasca County Energy Dialogue hosted by the Jefferson Center. 
Michelle serves on the Grand Rapids HRA, the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board, the League of Minnesota Cities, and the Itasca County Parks and Recreation Commission.
Areas of focus for her include housing, childcare, and jobs and economic development. She wants to make sure Grand Rapids is a great place to work and raise a family for everyone.
Michelle loves spending time with her family, exploring all of the outdoor recreational activities Grand Rapids has to offer, attending community and music events, and enjoying the active local arts scene.  She likes to read, write, play board games, and go to trivia nights.