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Polk County Board of Commissioners
County Commissioners
L-R Warren Affeldt, Nick Nicholas, Don Diedrich, Warren Strandell, and Craig Buness

408 Stuart Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716
(218) 281-3992 
Term Expires 01/01/2017

2024 10th St. SE
East Grand Forks, MN
(218) 773-0051
Term of office expires: 1/1/2015


118 Golf Terrace
Crookston, MN 56716
(218) 281-2163
Term of office expires: 1/1/2017


PO Box 265
Fosston, MN
(218) 435-6711
Term of office expires: 1/1/2015


32620 200TH St. NW
Warren, MN 56762
(218) 745-5121
Term of office expires: 1/1/2017

Polk County has the most popular form of county government--the commission form.  Serving a population of approximately 32,000 people, Polk County’s Board of Commissioners has five members, with residents from each of the five districts electing one member of the Board to serve a 4-year term.  The Board of Commissioners is the policy-making body; adopting rules and policies, setting a budget and levy, approving a capital improvement plan, making land-use decisions and ensuring citizen concerns are met. 
The Board of Commissioners appoints a County Administrator to oversee department heads, policy implementation and daily operations of the County.  In addition, Commissioners appoint the Human Services Director, County Assessor, County Auditor-Treasurer, County Recorder, Environmental Services Director, Highway Engineer, and Veterans Service Officer.  The Board also selects representatives to serve on other County boards and committees, such as the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. 
In addition to regular County Board meetings, Commissioners serve on county-related boards and sub-committees.  They also bring the County’s concerns before state and federal lawmakers and interact with other local boards, such as city councils and township boards. 
Major responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Establishing a budget and levying taxes to finance County services.
  2. Providing assistance to constituents as their elected representative.
  3. Appointing members to County Board committees (with the exception of elected officials).
  4. Serving on the Board of Health as well as several other committees and boards.
  5. Managing county roads, buildings, and property.
  6. Planning land use within the county
  7. Authorizing expenditures.
  8. Serving as employer for County personnel.

The Board functions as the legislative and administrative head of Polk County. The powers of the Board are outlined in Minnesota Statutes. The management and control of County property and the transaction of business affairs of the County are vested in the Board.


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