When Tiffany Krueger moved to Iowa with her family several years ago, she was set to stay there for good.
But then some life-altering changes took place with one of their best friend’s businesses back in Minnesota and they decided to move back. Her husband, Justin, joined Geneva Lumber in January 2018 shortly after one of the owners suddenly died.
“I didn’t think we would move back,” Krueger said. “I never pictured it.”
In July, Krueger took over the full time position of clerk/treasurer with the City of Ellendale. It’s a reunion of sorts for Krueger, who graduated from NRHEG in 1998.
In her new role, Krueger will be in charge of about 26 city employees with most of them working in the municipal bar. That may change in the near future as the city is currently trying to get out of the liquor business by selling the bar.
As Krueger settles into her new job, she has some visions of what she would like to see happen with Ellendale. “I want to capitalize on how much traffic Casey’s is bringing in off the interstate,” she said. She noted the city is working with an economic development authority to attract new businesses to the area.
But she isn’t focused only on new business. She would also like to help existing businesses in the community grow. Krueger plans to find grants to help businesses develop or grow. “We need to look at different ways to expand,” she says.
Ellendale may be small with a population of about 800 people, but Krueger is quick to point out, “it has quite a bit of potential.” She acknowledges that many rural communities are quite frankly dying. “We need to find a way to pump some life back into them,” she said.
One area that Krueger would like to focus on is finding services for the community’s senior population. She noted there are no easy forms of transportation within the community to help the elderly. She hopes Steele County Board will work harder to help communities like Ellendale with finding better forms of transportation.
“Getting services for our senior citizens to keep them active,” Krueger said as one of her main goals.
Krueger enjoys her new role with Ellendale because of the variety of work she gets to do. “The city clerk wears more hats, we don’t just do one thing all day long,” she said. “You never know what your day is going to be.”
She wants the citizens to know that she has their best interest in mind. “I like knowing that I can help the community and try to find ways to save the taxpayer money,” Krueger said. She added she always wants citizens to know exactly what their taxes are being used for.
Krueger said she likes the life style of living in a rural community. “I don’t know if you call me red neck or what, but I like the country folk. They’re just simplier,” she said, adding she misses the close proximity to Super Target, though.
She brings a business administration degree from Southwest State in Marshall. She also has prior experience working in several small towns in neighboring Freeborn County, including Hayward, Hartland and Freeborn. At one time, she worked at all three cities at the same time. “It became too much,” she quickly added.
In her spare time, Krueger enjoys motor sports, 4-wheeling and fishing.
She has been forced to get around with a prostatic leg. About four years ago she shattered her ankle while sliding into home base during a slow-pitch softball league in Owatonna.
“I want the best for the community,” Krueger says. “It’s a great community to raise a family in.”