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Kath named Akeley's new clerk/treasurer

From left are Whitney, Kristi, Jason and Mikayla Kath. This photo was taken on a trip to Leavenworth, Wash. last Christmas. Submitted photo.

Akeley's new clerk/treasurer is on the job and looking forward to making a difference in the community and reconnecting with family.

Kristi (Booge) Kath was born and raised in the area. A 1984 graduate of Nevis High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Jason Kath, and moved to Washington in 1985.

Kath comes to her new position with 24 years of administrative experience. For the past 16 years, she has worked as an office/facilities manager at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Wash.

Kath said her new job will be "very multifaceted. I like that challenge and look forward to seeing what I can do to better the community I'm a part of," she said. "I'm just getting my feet wet on municipal government and seeing what opportunities are available."

Melody Boettcher, the outgoing clerk/treasurer, has been training Kath for her new position.

"It's been going great," Kath said. She has met all of the council members and said she is looking forward to working with them as well as the Akeley Police Chief who has been working to get drug dealers out of the community.

"It's exciting to know that people are working together to make Akeley a better place for everybody," she said.

Kath's administrative experience includes serving on boards and being an active part of "Compassionate Compliance" in her city. "We had a ministry team called 'Grace in Action,' and when the city called us, we would go out and help people in the community who needed a wheelchair ramp put up or help with the weeds that had overtaken their yard," she said. "We'd help them get back in compliance with city regulations."

Kath said church is a big part of her family life. She is interested exploring and growing the bank of volunteers the City of Akeley can reach out to if help is needed. "It would be nice to have a pool to pull from if opportunities arise," she said. "I'm trying to learn the job and get up to speed on the community."

The Kaths moved back to the area in October, buying the Booge family farm where Kristi grew up on on the west end of lake Belle Taine.

"It was a big move," she said. "We're super excited about being back in the community and surrounded by family. I've got siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and even some great-greats," she said. "We're getting settled in and I'm getting ready for my first winter back here. I lived here for 18 years, but have only been back to visit in the summertime. After we get more settled, I'll be looking for opportunities for personal community involvement."

The couple has two grown children. Whitney, a certified health coach, lives in St. Paul and Mikayla is a third year nursing student at Bemidji State University. Kath's hobbies include gardening, knitting and crafts.

She encouraged residents to email her if they have questions or concerns. "I'll try to respond as I can," she said. "Or feel free to stop by city hall. We're here Monday through Thursday and I would love the opportunity to say 'hi.'"

City hall hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Contact Kath at akeleych@arvig.net or by calling 218-652-2465.

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