My name is Steve Lindaas, and I’m running to be re-elected to represent Ward 4 on the Moorhead City Council. My wife and I raised our kids in Moorhead, and I value the opportunities that the community provides for our young people. I am running so that our Moorhead neighbors of all ages can grow and thrive.
To do this we need to be a cohesive community that recognizes current and future challenges faced by our city, region, and state. We have built a diverse community with talented, hard working people, and we are rightly proud of our rich history of being good neighbors. We have challenging times ahead, and if we’re going to succeed we’ll need to work together as previous generations did.
I want to plan for a community not just for us, but for our kids and grandkids. If re-elected, I plan to focus on four issues: creating a welcoming community; planning for the future; communication and engagement; and connecting people and parks.
Connecting People and Parks
Research shows powerful benefits of spending time outdoors in green spaces. One of my highest priorities, and personal passions, is to advocate for accessible green space for everyone. We need safe routes for kids and kids-at-heart to travel throughout our city and enjoy our parks and natural areas. It is important to periodically ask residents what kind of park facilities and recreational spaces they want, and then find the resources to provide those amenities.
Creating a Welcoming Community
Just a few generations ago my ancestors were immigrants to this area from Norway. We need to continue to be a welcoming community and include everyone in the fabric of our community. Whether you have been a Moorhead resident your entire life, or just part of your life, I would work to support and create opportunities to make sure that you are welcomed. The diversity everyone brings to our community makes us more resilient and able to thrive. One idea is to promote opportunities to share our stories.
Planning for the Future
One of my priorities is strategic planning for downtown and local development. We need to be planning for a community and main street for 2050. We have limited economic development dollars and need to spend these wisely to attract and retain businesses. Developing the correct mixture of retail, residential, and public spaces is key to creating thriving business districts.
Communication and Engagement
Connections occur when we find that we have more in common than we thought. I would promote periodic neighborhood gatherings where people can meet and discuss concerns but also share ideas and talents. Communication is a two-way street and as a council member I would find multiple ways to inform people about what is going on in our city, but more importantly, listen to concerns to effectively advocate for solutions.