Representative Mike Lefor honored with two public service awards

Lefor has spent decades serving the public as a business owner, member of the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Council, and state representative in the North Dakota Legislature.

“Prior to being a member of the park’s board of directors, I refereed basketball, volleyball and softball. I was very involved very early on. I was probably 20 years old when I refereed my first park and recreation game, ”said Lefor. “Then in 1986 I wanted to be part of something to give back to the community because I was very involved from the start. And I have worked on many different projects in parks and recreation over the years.

Lefor stressed that he has strived to maintain the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department as an uplifting pillar of the community. He cited as an example the construction of an ice rink that began in the early 1990s.

“Attitudes in the community were very negative because of the oil crisis of the late 1980s. It caused a lot of foreclosures, foreclosures and so on. I remember our principal at the time, Doug Jaeger, telling me, ‘Mike, you know in parks and recreation, we’re in the stress business. We are where people go for stress relief while having fun. So I always remembered that many years ago, ”said Lefor.

He also wished to recognize the leadership of the current Executive Director James Kramer.

“I can’t say enough good things about leadership. Whether it’s the park board, the CEO or the staff, they really are, in my opinion, second to none, ”said Lefor. “Kramer is a phenomenal leader. There have been a lot of people working there for many, many years. It’s like you’re part of a family because you go there and work beyond the normal 40 hours a week, whether it’s a weekend or a Sunday. I remember when we had thousands of dead fish on Patterson Lake. It was just very, very ugly and people wanted to know what we were going to do about it.

Lefor said it was a unifying moment for the community.

“Parks and recreation have come together to get people in the community to remove dead fish from this lake. When the community comes together, a lot is accomplished, ”he said. “Pretty much everything that has happened here is because we really live in a community where people have a vibrant spirit, take great pride in the quality of life we ​​have and how we can continue to improve this quality of life for the people who live here.

Lefor also won the City Champion Award from the League of Cities of North Dakota for his legislative efforts to support political subdivisions so they don’t have to rely so much on property taxes for infrastructure funding.

“Sen. (Rich) Wardner, the majority leader, has done a tremendous job in making plans, which I am happy to have been a part of,” he said, adding that the initiative had allocated money. money for infrastructure.

Although not at the State Capitol, Lefor remains busy as business owner Dickinson.

“I own Blue 42, my son owns Green 19 Grill on the golf course. Then we have a commercial and residential real estate investment company called Blackridge Enterprises; I am the president of this organization, ”he said.

He said chilling out sounds good, but it’s just not something he’s inclined to do.

“I always thought I would be able to relax a bit, but I guess that’s not how I’m wired. I love to see it happen, ”he said, adding that his wife and family made it all possible.

“Without the help and understanding of my wife and family (I couldn’t have done it). I spent many hours away from home, ”he said. “Over the past eight years that I have served in the Legislature, I have had this strong and fantastic support from my wife Sherryl.”

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