Board of Directors

Bigfork Valley is owned and governed by the Northern Itasca Hospital District, an entity formed under Minnesota statute in 1975. Today the district includes the cities of Bigfork, Effie and Big Falls, 6 organized townships and 6 unorganized townships in Itasca County, and unorganized territory in Koochiching County along Highway 6. Voters of the district are represented by 13 board members, including 2 at-large positions.

The board meets monthly in a public meeting, currently the first Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the board room at Bigfork Valley.

Board Members

  • George Rounds, Chair
    Stokes Township
    Term expires 2024
    40742 Turtle Lake Road
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Dan (Casey) Sursely
    City of Big Falls
    Term expires 2022
    1412 1st Street E
    Big Falls, MN 56627
  • Tom LaMont
    City of Effie
    Term expires 2024
    105 Hwy 1 E
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Joanie Olson
    City of Bigfork
    Term expires 2022
    PO BOX 264
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Dean Sedgwick
    Wirt Township
    Term expires 2024
    PO BOX 43
    Spring Lake, MN 56680
  • Clinton Cook
    Bigfork Township
    Term expires 2024
    35367 County Road 237
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Marie Lovdahl
    Unorganized Townships –Itasca County
    Term expires 2024
    34486 County Road 40
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Meredith Morneau
    Itasca County At-Large
    Term expires 2022
    41929 Turtle Lake Road
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Greg Cook
    Unorganized Townships
    –Koochiching County
    Term expires 2024
    11786 County Road 5
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Teresa Kittridge, Secretary
    Marcell Township
    Term expires 2022
    PO Box 245
    Marcell, MN 56657
  • Heidi Watson, Vice Chair
    At Large–Koochiching County
    Term expires 2022
    P.O Box 262
    Big Falls, MN 56627
  • Larry Salmela, Treasurer
    Carpenter Township
    Term expires 2022
    22838 Rollercoaster Road
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Gordon Rahier
    Pomroy Township
    Term Expires 2022
    54655 County Road 31
    Northome, MN 56661


Recurring Meetings:

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, meetings may be held via Microsoft Teams.  If you are interested in attending the meeting via conference call, please contact us at 218-743-1772 for dial-in information.



Regular Board Meetings

Recurring monthly board meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.



Finance Committee Meetings

Recurring monthly finance committee meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Finance Committee Meeting of the Northern Itasca Hospital District will be in-person with the option to attend via Microsoft Teams.

The meeting will be held in the Board Room at Bigfork Valley and is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

If you are interested in attending the meeting remotely, please contact Renee Tower at 218-743-1772 for information.


Regular Governance Committee Meetings

Recurring quarterly governance committee meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, meetings may be held via Microsoft Teams.



Should a change in a meeting date occur, proper notification will be made.


Special Meetings:


Official Notices

Notices and meeting changes are posted to this web-page.  If you have questions regarding meetings or meeting minutes, contact us at (218) 743-1772.

The Bigfork Valley Board utilizes the Grand Rapids Herald Review for its official newspaper.

Board Meeting Minutes

May 2022 Regular Meeting


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    Bigfork Valley
    258 Pine Tree Drive
    P.O.Box 258
    Bigfork, MN 56628
    218.743.3177 | 866.743.3177