Commissioner John Strand was elected to the Fargo City Commission in June 2016.
Department Liaison: Facilities Management, Information Services, Transit/Mobility
Committee Liaison: Community Development, Diversion Authority, Diversion Authority Public Outreach Committee, Metro COG, Metro Area Transit Coordinating Board, Sustainability & Resiliency Committee, Traffic Technical Advisory Committee, Homelessness & Addiction
Board Liaison: Airport Authority, Civil Service, Downtown Community Partnership/InFocus, House Moving Board, House Authority, Native American Commission
Term Expires: June 2024
Strand grew up in Crystal, N.D., and graduated in 1973 from Valley High School, Hoople, N.D. He received a bachelor's degree in 1977 from North Dakota State University.
He was editor of the weekly newspaper in Grafton, N.D., from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1994 to 1997. Strand spent 13 years in specialized orthopedic medical sales between 1980 and 2014, first in Fargo and then in Rochester, N.Y.
Since 1996, Strand has been co-owner of the High Plains Reader newsweekly in Fargo. He also served two terms on the Fargo Board of Education after being elected in 2008 and 2012.
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