I grew up on a 40-acre farm. I am the youngest in a family of eight. I have six older brothers and one older sister. We grew up very financially challenged. My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly after I was born and my father suffered a severe stroke when I was 6, which made full-time employment difficult.
At the age of 15, my father was unable to care for me; so my incredible sister and her family opened their home to me. She taught me discipline, the value of learning and pushing myself to a better person. My mother succumbed shortly afterward to the ravages of M.S. When I was 16, I underwent the first of four successful brain operations, despite suffering a stroke and complete paralysis on my right side after my first operation. With months of intensive physical and occupational therapy, combined with a positive outlook, I was able to recover. Due to these experiences, I believe all challenges can be overcome. I bring the same drive to Community Service.
I spent over 7 years with Precision Inc., a national electronics manufacturer, leaving the company in 2002 as Director of Operations so I could be a stay at home Dad. My wife Kay and I moved to Isanti in the summer of 2001. We welcomed Alexander in August 2002 and Abigail in December of 2004.
In 2003 I was elected President of the Isanti Jaycees for the first of two terms. I also became a Park and Recreation Board member and joined the Cambridge/Isanti Bike/Walk Trail Committee. In 2004 I ran for City Council serving two years before running for Mayor in 2006. I served 12 years as Mayor of Isanti working on so many amazing projects.
Today I am still working to spread the idea that local communities can achieve so much. We as individuals can have a significant impact on the quality of our communities. I have always wanted to create a way to help bring a little more light on important issues that affect us. Wimmer’s Wilderness Podcast spreads this message far and wide.
I am an avid history & philosophy reader. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking. I try to live by the following quote –
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi