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Nelson gets another stint leading St. Louis County Board

Keith Nelson

St. Louis County commissioners on Tuesday elected Keith Nelson to be chairman of the county board in 2018.

It’s Nelson’s third stint at the head of the board, with the position usually rotating between a Duluth-area commissioner and Iron Range commissioner. Nelson takes over from Frank Jewell of central Duluth, who had the post in 2017.

Nelson, of Fayal Township outside Eveleth, represents the core of the Iron Range Quad Cities area and townships south to nearly the Duluth area. He’s been on the county board since 2003.

Commissioner Patrick Boyle of eastern Duluth was elected vice chairman of the board, putting him in line to likely be the chairman next year.

In addition to the usual plethora of appointments to boards, commissions and committees, Nelson created a new subcommittee to help determine the county's future investment in the St. Louis County Historical Society in the Depot in downtown Duluth, including Veterans’ Memorial Hall. Nelson wants the Depot subcommittee to make recommendations by the end of March regarding ongoing funding levels for the Historical Society. The county owns the Depot building and helps fund some operations.

The board also set its meeting agenda for 2018, continuing to meet three of four Tuesdays each month at 9:30 a.m. About half of the meetings are held at the Duluth courthouse, with the others rotated around the county. The 2018 schedule can be found online at