City Council

The current Council is made up of eight Council Members and one Mayor. Council members represent six wards and are elected for four year terms. The Mayor and two Council members are elected 'at large', while all others are elected by their respective wards.

Gary WillhiteGary Willhite was born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota - of Little House on the Prairie fame - and has lived in the City of Crookston since 1978. He presently serves as the Director of Residential Life and Security Services at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He previously served on the Council for four years during the flood of 1997, and returned to the Council in July of 2013 to represent Ward 3. He has served as mayor since 2015.

"I enjoy the privilege and responsibility of serving all of the citizens of the Crookston Community. I am willing to listen to your concerns and ideas. Contact me!"

Mobile/Text: (218) 289-7507


Tom JorgensTom Jorgens has lived in Crookston since 1979 and has represented Ward 1 since 2009. He is President of PolyCell Technologies. Tom holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Phone: (218) 281-7071


Steve EricksonSteve Erickson has represented Ward 2 since 2015.
Phone: (218) 281-7520
Mobile: (218) 280-1240


Clayton BriggsClayton Briggs has represented Ward 3 since 2015.
Phone: (218) 281-7312
Mobile/Text: (218) 289-4408


Dennis ReganDennis Regan has represented Ward 4 since 2015.
Phone: (218) 281-2740
Mobile: (218) 289-1988


Dale StainbrookDale Stainbrook has lived in Crookston since 1960 and has represented Ward 5 since 2008.
Phone: (218) 281-7754


Tom VedbraatenTom Vedbraaten has lived in Crookston since 1983 and has represented Ward 6 since 2002.

Phone: (218) 289-4777 (after 4:00PM)


Bob QuanrudBob Quanrud has served on City Council as Alderman at Large since 2011.

Phone: (218) 281-7650


Wayne MelbyeWayne Melbye has (replace). He presently serves as Alderman at Large, and has served on the Council since (replace).

Phone: (218) 281-5297
Mobile: (218) 289-3412