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Grondahl resigns from LP-A school board

For more than two decades now, Vicky Grondahl has been a constant presence on the Lake Park-Audubon School Board.

But after being elected to the board six times, the small resort owner and teacher has decided there won’t be a seventh. In fact, at their regular meeting last week, Grondahl’s colleagues approved her formal resignation, effective Aug. 31.

“I wanted to time my resignation so that it (electing a successor) would be handled as part of the general election rather than (requiring) a special election,” said Grondahl on Friday.

Grondahl, who has owned and operated the local Viking Bay Resort for the past 39 years, says this summer would most likely be her last on Big Cormorant Lake.

“I am in the process of selling the property,” she said. “If the sale goes through as anticipated, I will be moving out of the district.”

Grondahl, who has three grown daughters, said that she plans to move closer to the two that still live in Minnesota.

“I have one daughter in Modesto, Calif., but I’m not a fan of hot weather,” she said. “The other two are down in the Twin Cities, so I would like to move down there to be closer to them.”

Grondahl leaves a legacy of strong leadership, having served as board chair for more than 10 years before stepping down from that post in January.

“The school board has been a very important part of my life for 23 years, so it’s going to leave a big hole.” she admitted.

Grondahl chaired the board through a successful building bond referendum vote six years ago, after several unsuccessful attempts to secure the necessary funds to upgrade the district’s aging facilities in both Lake Park and Audubon. A new $20 million, 105,000 square foot high school was completed in Lake Park in 2012, and a $3.5 million addition and renovation project at the elementary building in Audubon was completed in 2011.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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