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Herald-Review - Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Lee Mattfield of Grand Rapids has filed for office as Itasca County Commissioner, serving District 3. A life-long resident of the Trout Lake area, Mattfield graduated from Greenway High School.With a father who was actively involved in township government, Mattfield has decided to run for commissioner because he believes it is his "civic duty.""I believe we should all take our time in the hat at sometime," Mattfield explained. Upon graduation from high school, Mattfield served two years in the United States military and returned home to Grand Rapids where he worked part-time with the Itasca County Sheriff's Department.At 53, Mattfield has worked for Blandin Paper Company for the past 32 years and plans to retire in the near future.An outdoor enthusiast, Mattfield said he has been an active supporter of providing space for ATV and snowmobile use throughout Itasca County.Recently, he has been busy organizing snowmobile races, attracting snowmobilers from all over the Midwest to northern Minnesota. "I've realized that I have people skills," said Mattfield who explained that he plans to use the knowledge he has acquired by organizing a Website for snowmobile racers to create a Website for District 3 constituents to voice their concerns and ask questions."Then, I can take that information to the table and tell the board, ‘This is what my constituents think.' It's time for someone to step up to the plate and show a way to make the taxpayers accountable by voicing their concerns."Mattfield said he believes the Internet could provide an opportunity for people to be more involved in county government at their own convenience and participate in discussion on county issues."We are turning into a bedroom community; people think they are moving up north to the Norman Rockwell picture but it's not that way," said Mattfield."We're the new Brainerd Lakes area; we are developing.I've watched my neighborhood develop and grow and I have great neighbors."Mattfield and his wife Nikki, also a life-long resident of Itasca County, have three children and four grandchildren.He is a proud member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran church and has been a union leader at Blandin for many years. "You have to understand your community," said Mattfield.