Hermantown City Council member resigns

Natalie Peterson's seat was already up for election this year, so the position will remain vacant until it is filled by voters in November.

Hermantown city hall.
Hermantown city hall Thursday, June 30, 2022.
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HERMANTOWN — After nearly eight years on the Hermantown City Council, Natalie Peterson announced her resignation on Monday, Sept. 19. She said the reason for leaving was due to her moving outside of the city.

"The last eight years of being on the City Council have been some of the most rewarding moments I have had while living in Hermantown,” said Peterson, who is the director of communications and marketing for the Duluth Airport Authority. “I have always been grateful to be able to work with a council, staff and community that truly care about continuing to make Hermantown an incredible hometown. This isn’t just a tagline; it is something that is truly felt in Hermantown. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to raise my children here, live here, and serve the community in many ways. There are several memories, moments and accomplishments that will always be remembered, and no matter where I am I will always continue to have Hawk pride.”

Peterson called Hermantown home for more than two decades and helped move forward a variety of projects and initiatives while serving as a councilor. Some of these projects included the Essentia Wellness Center which opened up in 2019, the creation of Boulder Trail and the opening of its first sections, updating the city's branding and marketing and work to continue to develop the Hermantown Marketplace and Hermantown Square. She was also a supporter of the "Hawk Pride" initiative that helped build Hermantown's new schools.

“Natalie has been a dedicated and engaged member of our community for as long as I have known her and she brought that passion to her role as a City Council member,” said John Mulder, city administrator. “She was active in helping our community grow by her leadership and support on a number of significant projects that will serve our community for decades.”

Peterson's seat on the council is up for election this year. The plan is to leave the seat vacant until it is filled by voters in November. The four candidates on the ballot for the two open City Council seats are Andrew Hjelle, Brian LeBlanc, Chad Roberg and Gerald Wallace.

Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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