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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 2:09 pm

Dennis Blankensop


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Mankato High School, 1964; Mankato Teacher’s College, 1966; Henry Ford Management School, 1975; as well as various chemical and engineering classes.

1. What would you bring to the City Council that would contribute to the success of city government?

1) I have been a Cohasset City Councilor for the past five and a half years and desire to continue to build upon our recent achievements. What I bring to the Council is represented by what I have already contributed to the City of Cohasset, including the following:

• There has not been an increase in the levy for the past six years.

• The City of Cohasset has zero debt which places it in an enviable position as a financially well run City.

• The City just received a clean audit opinion from Eide Bailley, the City’s audit firm, showing it is in exceptional financial condition.

• I have actively pursued bringing new businesses into Cohasset to enhance our tax base, which we have accomplished

• Tioga Beach is now owned by the City of Cohasset; in the past we were investing large sums of money on property that was not owned by the City.

• I have been a strong supporter of Ruby’s Pantry.

• I supported the removal of a stop sign from County Road 63 that nobody wanted.

I retired as President and CEO of Aarhus United and Cohasset has been my home for the last fourteen years. My background enables me to work toward enhancing and improving the quality of life for the residents of Cohasset.

2. What have you been hearing from constituents as the most important issues facing your city? And what would you do about them?

2.) According to a recent community survey, one of the biggest concerns of residents is the water quality of the lakes and rivers, with an emphasis on preserving and protecting our natural areas. To that end, I am the City Representative on the Upper Mississippi Flood Mitigation Task Force. The Task Force was formed in response to the recent torrential rainfall and other weather events that are likely to be repeated in the future. The Task Force is working with the Corp of Engineers to examine the issues and take appropriate steps to address future concerns of flooding, the impact to the local economies, water quality, properties, and the environment.

I am a team player and have worked with the former and present Mayor, as well as former and present Council Members to achieve the ultimate goal - a debt free City. Therefore, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I would appreciate your vote on November 6.

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