Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht wins Jack Murray Award

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht was awarded the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ Jack Murray award for her service to Greater Minnesota.

According to a release, the award is named after a former mayor of International Falls who created the CGMC.

“Mayor Albrecht is passionate about public service,” said Greg Zylka, mayor of Little Falls and president of the CGMC.

“She cares deeply about her city and our state, and she has consistently demonstrated that passion through her work as mayor over these past few years. Our organization has benefited tremendously from her leadership and guidance.”

Albrecht, before her consecutive terms as mayor, served the city of Bemidji as an assistant planning director and community development director.

She has served on numerous committees within the CGMC, such as in water-quality regulations, infrastructure funding and Local Government Aid.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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