On Monday, November 5th hundreds gathered at a memorial service for County Commissioner Roger Froemming at the Prairie Event Center in Parkers Prairie, MN. Guests shared in the service as they honored the life of a distinguished man. Mr. Froemming devoted over 40 years to public service in Otter Tail County. He served in the US Air Force, on the Folden Township Board and represented District 4 on the Board of County Commissioners.
In honor of Commissioner Froemming, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioner’s meeting was moved from Fergus Falls to Parkers Prairie for the November 6th meeting. Wayne Johnson, Chair, read a board resolution in recognition of Mr. Froemming’s many years of service to the people of Otter Tail County.
“THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners recognizes the many years of public service, governance, dedication and devotion provided by Roger, and we express our utmost gratitude and appreciation for his many years of dedicated public service to the residents of Otter Tail County and the State of Minnesota.”
It was also announced that Mr. Froemming has been nominated for the Association of Minnesota Counties Outstanding Service Award by fellow commissioners. The Outstanding Service Awards are presented to individuals who have exhibited exceptional leadership, innovation and/or participation in county government and the Association.
The nomination states, “Without exception, Roger willingly served on committees and boards whose mission was to serve the poor, the disabled, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and families and children facing the obstacles of poverty and discrimination.”
The commissioners spoke of the enduring influence Roger leaves when they said, “In this day-and-age of contention and challenges faced by so many who seek public offices, Roger held firm to a belief he embraced passionately: “I will not use negative campaigning.” Roger’s life as a public servant exemplified this maxim: “Be kind to all whom you meet, for each is carrying a heavy burden.”
The newly elected Commissioner will take office as soon as certified and will complete Roger’s unexpired term and the new term for which the election was held.