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WADENA – Murlyn Kreklau plans to continue his second term as Wadena County Commissioner as he runs unopposed in the current election.
Kreklau aims to reduce spending while working to increase the county’s tax base. Read on to learn more about his work and plans for the future.

Murlyn Kreklau

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Tell us about yourself, including education, occupation, family, interests, hobbies, etc.
I graduated from Sebeka High School and spent time at Brainerd Junior College. I spent six years in the Minnesota National Guard. I have four adult children and six grandchildren, all of whom live on site. I worked for a company for 46 years, starting in the warehouse, and over time I became a sales manager, where my job was to recruit and retain business. Maintaining it meant keeping them in business and advising them on how to stay profitable. In those 35 years, the company has grown from 60 employees to over 250 and customers in six states.

What qualities do you possess that will or will make you a good board member?
Being part of the team (where I worked) taught me things that should be beneficial in this job. In business if you’re not profitable if you won’t be in business for very long. I have found that this premise does not apply to government.

What would you like to see done to make Wadena County a better place to live?
There are real things that would be beneficial in Wadena County. But until you can have an affordable tax rate, these things are beyond the capabilities of the county government. And so, we’re all pushing for more money for government programs, which comes with ties and demands that we can’t afford. The things Wadena County needs most are child care, jobs, competitive tax rates, and housing options that allow people to stay in their communities, even in rural areas.

Are there any particular issues that are of particular concern to you?
Layer upon layer of government programs that must be funded and never go away.
We are required by state law and state legislature to have all of these parties. I have been active in lobbying the state to change state aid formulas that have such a negative impact on us and about 20 other small counties like Wadena County.