Uhlenkamp, Jerome up for DL Park Board reelection

Sam Herder

By Sam Herder

Journal Sports Editor

Lisa Uhlenkamp and Peter Jerome are up for reelection for two available spots on the Devils Lake Park Board. Both are running unopposed.

It’s been a busy time for the park board with several projects, including the transition to owning and running Creel Bay Golf Course.

Uhlenkamp and Jerome have been on the board since 2012, and continued continuity between the commissioners has been key.

“We have a great set of commissioners right now,” Jerome said. “We all really just want to see our parks grow and all available activities thrive. We hope to provide to the people everything needed to enjoy their time in our community.”

Getting children involved in the numerous activities offered in Devils Lake was a big part in sparking both’s interest in originally running for a park board seat.

“We had our son in numerous park board activities when he was younger and I felt there were some things that needed changing or tweaking, so I thought what better way to do that than to run for office and make my voice heard as a parent,” Uhlenkamp said. “I also like being involved in the community, so I thought I would give this a shot and see what happened and I have enjoyed every minute of it.”

Uhlenkamp also said she has the value of relating to parents and their comments or concerns to the board.

Jerome cited his grandfather as always encouraging him to be involved in activities as a youth.

He said he hopes to continue that same enthusiasm.

One big project that sticks out to Uhlenkamp was the replacement of playground equipment at both Ruger and Roosevelt Parks.

“I didn't realize there were so many different options when it came to playground equipment,” Uhlenkamp said. “There were numerous catalogues we looked through to find the perfect equipment to fit our community needs. We have heard so many positive comments on the parks, so I think we did a pretty good job.”

With it being the first summer of running the golf course, the board has launched a new online registration system, which is also used to sign up for different activities.

“Adding the golf course this year was a major change to the parks,” Jerome said. “We have and continue to learn many things every week on the business side of running a golf course as a park district. It will be very exciting to get our youth more involved in this great facility again in the near future.”

Voting in Ramsey County will be held at the Memorial Building from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

Voters should bring their North Dakota driver’s license, non driver’s photo ID, Tribal ID or Long-term Care certificate.

You must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen and a resident of North Dakota for 30 days prior to the election.