Current WLSSD Board Members

WLSSD is governed by a nine-member citizen board.  Four members are appointed by the City of Duluth, three by the City of Cloquet, one is elected by Carlton County cities and townships in the WLSSD service area, and one is elected by St. Louis County cities and townships in the service area.

Board Chair:

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James Aird, St. Louis County

Board Vice Chair:

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Ruth Janke, Carlton County

Board Secretary,
Planning & Solid Waste Committee Chair:

Paul Thomsen, Duluth

Paul Thomsen, Duluth

Board Treasurer,
Finance Committee Chair:

Marcia Podratz

Marcia Podratz, Duluth

Legislative Committee Chair:


Bruce Ahlgren, Cloquet


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Julene Boe, Duluth


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Archie Chelseth, Cloquet

Personnel Committee Chair,
Operations Committee Chair:

David Manderfeld, Cloquet

David Manderfeld, Cloquet


Yvonne Solon, Duluth

Yvonne Solon, Duluth

Board Member Mailing Address:

Member Name

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District

2626 Courtland Street

Duluth, MN 55806