St. Louis County Commissioner announces retirement after term expires
DULUTH – St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell will retire at the end of his current term, he said Thursday morning. Jewell represents the county’s premier district, covering the central part of Duluth, from the mall to Park Point, since 2011.
In the statement, Jewell said he considered his greatest achievement as commissioner to be lobbying for the Minnesota School Trust lands that were locked in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. The Forest Service is now in the process of purchasing and trading the remaining 83,000 acres of trust land in the BWCAW.
Recently, Jewell advocated for the creation of the St. Louis County Production Incentive Program in partnership with the Upper Midwest Film Office. He has also been an active member of the Heart of the Continent Partnership, which promotes the economic, cultural and natural health of lakes, forests and communities on the Minnesota-Ontario border.
He was appointed by former Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Clean Water Council in 2011 and has since served on the advisory group, most notably as chair for the past four years.
Jewell moved to Duluth in 1968 to attend college. He worked for St. Louis County from 1974 to 1979, when the county operated an emergency shelter, and from 1984 to 2000 in senior services and later as a violence prevention coordinator. He was elected to Duluth City Council from 1987 to 1991. He helped found Men as Peacemakers, where he served as the association’s co-chair for five years and executive director for 11 years. Additionally, Jewell was a founding board member of Center City Housing and Duluth LISC.
In the statement, Jewell said he plans to continue bringing a high level of energy to his work during his final year on the board, and also plans to remain active in the Duluth community after the end. of his mandate on January 2, 2023.