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

  • Dan (Casey) Sursely
    City of Big Falls
    Term expires 2022
    P:  218-276-2330
    E:  bsursely@hotmail.com
    A:  1412 1st Street E
    Big Falls, MN 56627
  • George Rounds, Chair
    Stokes Township
    Term expires 2020
    P:  218-743-3312
    E:  grounds@arvig.net
    A:  40742 Turtle Lake Road
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Dianne Bakke
    City of Bigfork
    Term expires 2022
    P:  218-743-6623
    E:  getfitbigfork@gmail.com
    A:  P.O. Box 187
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Linnette Davidson, Secretary
    Wirt Township
    Term expires 2020
    P:  218-659-2737
    A:  53081 Davidson Road
    Wirt, MN 56688
  • Ken Porter
    Bigfork Township
    Term expires 2020
    P:  218-910-0475
    E:  porterkenny44@yahoo.com
    A:  38719 County Rd 225
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Marie Lovdahl
    Unorganized Townships –Itasca County
    Term expires 2020
    P:  218-743-3686
    E:  lovdahl@bigfork.net
    A:  34486 County Road 40
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Meredith Morneau
    Itasca County At-Large
    Term expires 2022
    P:  218-832-3211
    E:  pinetree45@earthlink.net
    A:  41929 Turtle Lake Road
    Bigfork, MN 56628
  • Greg Cook
    Unorganized Townships
    –Koochiching County
    Term expires 2020
    P:  218-244-8044
    218-212-1008
    A:  11786 County Road 5
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Matt Huju
    Marcell Township
    Term expires 2022
    P:  218-832-3899
    E:  mhuju@bigforkvalley.org
    A:  P.O. Box 123
    Marcell, MN 56657
  • Heidi Watson, Vice Chair
    At Large–Koochiching County
    Term expires 2022
    P:  218-244-2186
    E:  heidiwatson525@gmail.com
    A:  P.O Box 262
    Big Falls, MN 56627
  • Larry Salmela, Treasurer
    Carpenter Township
    Term expires 2022
    P:  218-780-9712
    E:  meadlake.larry@gmail.com
    A:  22838 Rollercoaster Road
    Effie, MN 56639
  • Vacant
    Pomroy Township
    City of Effie

Residents of the following cities/townships are invited to submit letters of interest no later than July 1, 2019 to fill vacancies on the Bigfork Valley Board of Directors:

  • City of Effie
  • Pomroy Township

Send letter of interest to:

Board of Directors

Bigfork Valley

P.O. Box 258

Bigfork, MN 56628

By email: WeCare@bigforkvalley.org

Recurring Meetings:

Some board members may participate electronically.

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

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

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Finance Committee meeting of the board of directors of Northern Itasca Hospital District has been changed from Tuesday, July 30, 2019, to Monday, August 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the board room at Bigfork Valley.

Recurring quarterly governance committee meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room.

2019 Governance Committee Meeting Dates

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the board of directors of the Northern Itasca Hospital District will hold recurring quarterly governance committee meetings at 1:00 p.m. in the board room at Bigfork Valley.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Governance Committee meeting of the board of directors of Northern Itasca Hospital District has been changed from Tuesday, July 30, 2019, to Monday, August 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the board room at Bigfork Valley.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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

Special Meetings:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of Northern Itasca Hospital District will hold a visioning meeting commencing at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Marcell Family Center, 49023 State Highway 38, Marcell, MN.

In accordance with Minnesota State Statue 144.581, subdivision 5, the meeting will be closed to discuss marketing activity and contracts.

 

As part of Bigfork Valley’s strategic plan, its Board of Directors is researching options for alternative governance models, specifically dual governance.  Click here for more information. 

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

June 2019 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
    WeCare@bigforkvalley.org