Meet the City Council
MEET THE PARKERS PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL
Mornings with the Mayor: Mayor Birkholz welcomes the public to join him for a visit at the City Hall on the following Friday mornings:
- April: Friday, April 26 from 8:30-10:00am
- May: TBA
- June: TBA
- July: TBA
MAYOR KEVIN BIRKHOLZ has been a member of the Parkers Prairie community since 2000. Born and raised on a dairy farm outside of Nimrod, MN, Kevin is a graduate of Sebeka High School. Kevin spent 22 years in the Circle Pines area working in a manufacturing environment. Kevin met his future wife, Connie, in 1999, who encouraged him to complete his Machine Tool Technology Degree and move back to his small-town roots. Kevin enjoys living in a smaller community, and understands the importance of “knowing your neighbor by name and helping others in need.” Following his move to the Parkers Prairie area, Kevin soon became interested in City government. He held a seat on the City Council from 2004 to 2008, then ran again in 2016, when he was once again elected to the Council. He gave up his seat as Councilmember in 2018 when he successfully ran for Mayor. He believes in the importance of communication, asking questions, and researching ways to resolve issues. Kevin enjoys talking with people, and encourages those with questions or concerns to contact him.
COUNCILMEMBER SANDY FROEMMING is a graduate of Parkers Prairie High School. She returned “home” to the City of Parkers Prairie in 1997 and is proud to call Parkers Prairie her home town. Sandy has served as a tutor at the Parkers Prairie High School since 1994, and feels very passionate about promoting prosperity of the residents of Parkers Prairie and surrounding area. Sandy began her service on the City Council when she was elected Mayor in 2012. She was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 Sandy successfully ran for the 4-year Councilmember seat. When asked about serving on the Council, Sandy stated that “Serving on the City Council has given me the opportunity to participate in various projects that enhance the quality of life in our community. We are faced with many challenges as we move forward through this new era. I am grateful to be a part of this process.”
COUNCILMEMBER GREG LARSON has been a resident of Parkers Prairie since 1999. He is the owner of Larson Painting, a paint contracting and custom finishing business. Greg and his wife have three children, Alisha, Graham, and Aiden, and one granddaughter, Zoe. Greg’s hobbies include “antique motor sports, restoring old, rusty, run-down things, hunting and fishing, and visiting on the front porch.” In addition to serving on the City Council, Greg has served in the community by volunteering at church, the Parkers Sports Boosters Club, the Rust Junkies Car Club, and on numerous County board functions. Greg said of his community; “Parkers is a pretty little town that has the character of Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Wobegon, compete with its own lake. If you live in Minnesota, you should live within listening distance of a summertime calling loon, and in Parkers, you are. I would love to see Parkers Prairie grow and become more self-sufficient, but never grow past the charm of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota.”
COUNCILMEMBER LINDA MARTINSON BATES is a native of Parkers Prairie, and a graduate of Parkers Prairie High School. Linda has lived and worked on Florida and Illinois, but returned to Parkers Prairie in 1994. In addition to raising her three children, Linda has been involved with many aspects of the community. She has served as the Elmo Township Clerk for 11 years, served on the church board, taught Sunday and bible school, served on the Safe Routes to School committee, Parkers Prairie Arts Council, Parkers Prairie Ambulance Fundraiser committees, East Otter Tail County 4H judge, Girl Scout Leader, Speech Team Coach, School Yearbook Advisor, PPHS Technology Coordinator, Union #70 steward, and volunteer for Douglas County Hospital and several other organizations. Linda was honored to be elected to the City Council in 2016, and states that “small towns face many challenges, but it is my hope to help continue to provide a safe place to live, quality schools, clean and scenic parks, safe drinking water, low taxes, and an inviting business climate.”
COUNCILMEMBER TONY WOODWORTH is proud to call Parkers Prairie home. He was unanimously appointed by the City Council in 2019 to fill a 2-year Council seat vacancy. Tony is a local business owner, is an active member of the community, and has served as an officer with the Parkers Prairie Fire Department to which he has been a dedicated member since 2003. Tony enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Tonya, and his children. We welcome Tony as the newest member to our Council, and thank him for his fearless service!