by Dennis Dalman
The Sartell City Council warmly thanked long-time Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland and presented her with a ceramic artwork at the last council meeting.
Gartland recently resigned as administrator to accept an offer to be president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. She had served as administrator of Sartell for 12 years.
In presenting the award, council member Steve Hennes said under Gartland’s helm, growth in Sartell boomed, thanks largely to Gartland’s efforts to attract and encourage economic development and other kinds of city amenities. There were also challenges during a sagging national and state economy and a drastic decline in state local aid, Hennes noted, adding Gartland and city staff faced those challenges and surmounted them.
“You’ve done a great job leading our city,” Hennes told her.
Then Hennes presented Gartland with a ceramic plate depicting the Sartell city logo, along with Gartland’s name and dates of service. The plate was made by council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom, who is a ceramic potter.
Gartland expressed delight with the plate and thanked the council.
In some sense, Gartland will continue to work on behalf of Sartell because the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. strives to attract economic development for the entire area, including the City of Sartell.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.