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city council members

city council members

Jessi

Buer took out the only petition for a seat in Ward II, replacing retiring councilwoman Darlene DeKnikker.

Buer has lived in Lake Preston for nine years.

She graduated from Canton High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

For the past three years, Buer has worked out of her home for US Bank in the compliance department. Last week, she earned her master’s degree in business management.

She is also an emergency medical technician with the Lake Preston Ambulance crew.

Buer said as a new city council member, she is interested in the long-term picture of Lake Preston and what can be done to build up the town to keep it going.

“We have lost businesses in our community and I want to make sure we do what we can to keep that from happening,” she said.

She is married to Josh Buer, a 2002 graduate of Lake Preston High School. The couple has two sons, Tyson, 5, and Logan, 19 months.

Jessi and Josh both grew up in racing families and met through the sport. They have continued the racing tradition, each owning and driving their own race car. They travel many weekends to participate in and watch races.

Her other hobbies include softball, hunting and fishing, and she said she is going to try her hand this summer at gardening.

“We like to stay busy,” she commented.

Jim Conrad was appointed to a one-year seat in Ward III, replacing retiring councilman Rick Olson.

Conrad and his family, which includes wife Terri, daughter Nicole and son Austin, moved to Lake Preston nearly five years ago from Pinion Hills, Calif., a small mountain community in the southern part of the state.

“We wanted to move from California as the education system there was not working for our kids,” Conrad said, adding that his friend and business colleague Howard Larson of Lake Preston recommended the town and school.

He said that in 2017, he also convinced his sister and brother-in-law Amy and Dan Post and their family and his mother, Mary Conrad, to move to Lake Preston.

Conrad worked as director of personnel and human resources for Phibro Animal Health in California and was a regional operations manager and transportation manager for Bulk Transportation. He is a past president of Walnut Valley Kiwanis in California, and was on the board of the Victorville Fire Department Museum and chairman of the board for the GoldWing Touring Association, a national nonprofit organization.

Conrad is now the safety and quality manager for all locations of Dakotaland Feeds LCC, based in Huron and is co-owner of Silver Creek Management LLC in Lake Preston. Silver Creek owns Lake Preston Store-All in the industrial park.

He is also a member of the Lake Preston Volunteer Fire Department and has provided the department the use of a second fire engine.

One of Conrad’s major concerns for the city is crumbling infrastructure.

“We need improvements in our roads and water systems — both fresh water and wastewater systems,” he said. “I want to try and help work on improving our business environment and bring more businesses to our city,” Conrad said. “More businesses will improve the income of Lake Preston, which will help in funding our long-term infrastructure projects, minimizing financial impacts to our residents.”

both fresh water and wastewater systems,” he said. “I want to try and help work on improving our business environment and bring more businesses to our city,” Conrad said. “More businesses will improve the income of Lake Preston, which will help in funding our long-term infrastructure projects, minimizing financial impacts to our residents.”

Conrad said that in his spare time he enjoys camping, computers, motorcycling and restoring antique and classic vehicles, especially fire apparatus.

Kristen Thompson, who defeated Gary Buer for a seat in Ward I, was also sworn in Monday. Her profile was published in the April 3 edition of the Times prior to the April 9 election.

 

Posted on 05-08-2019

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