Meet the Candidates for Beltrami County District 1

Two candidates are running to represent Beltrami County District 1 on the board of commissioners.

This district includes the cities of Blackduck, Tenstrike and Turtle River.

District 1 also includes these townships: Birch, Brook Lake Unorganized #3, Frohn, Hagali, Hines, Moose Lake, Port Hope, Sugar Bush, Summit, Taylor, Ten Lake, Turtle Lake, and Turtle River.

The District 1 race is for a four-year term.

The candidates are listed in the order in which they were interviewed.


Mark Morrissey is a long-time resident of the Bemidji area, initially coming to the area to attend Bemidji State University, where he currently leads the Outdoor Program Center.

Morrissey was inspired to run to “bring the temperature down” in the county board room and to bring the focus back onto nonpartisan county issues.

Morrissey is focused on preserving the county’s natural resources, such as improving soil and water quality all while supporting agriculture in the area.


Craig Gaasvig initially won his seat on the Board of Commissioners in 2018 and is seeking re-election for a second term.

Gaasvighas an extensive history of service prior to his election to the board of commissioners, serving on the Port Hope Township board for several years, and serving on various committees and boards such as the Beltrami Electric Board of Directors.

Gaasvig is a lifelong resident of Beltrami County and intends to continue service guided by “rural, conservative values.”

Larissa Donovan was the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016, through July 2023. She covered all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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