Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 25 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.

“It is a real honor to be recognized by your peers, people who dedicate themselves through local government to making their communities better places across the state,” Schierer said.

The Excellence in Service Award is given annually to city leaders who demonstrate knowledge, leadership and active participation in CGMC program areas over the past year. Mayor Schierer took a leadership role in the CGMC this year by joining its board of directors, where he quickly emerged as a passionate advocate and spokesperson on issues that impact his city and other communities in Greater Minnesota. He forged strong relationships with Gov. Tim Walz and the governor’s staff, and he never hesitates to reach out to legislators and administration staff when called upon to speak up about CGMC priorities. During the legislation session, he was instrumental in promoting key legislative proposals such as a push for an increase in local government aid (LGA), never missing an opportunity to speak with policymakers or the press about role LGA plans in ensuring the vitality of cities like Fergus Falls.

“Ben’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious,” Ron Johnson, a member of the Bemidji City Council and president of the CGMC said. “Over the past year, he has really become a go-to leader for our organization. We can always depend on him to be a strong voice for rural communities.”

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