City Information


City of Howard Lake

The city council meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Howard Lake City Offices, located downtown at 625 8th Avenue. The city is governed by a mayor and four city councilors elected to four year terms.

Mayor and city council
Mayor Pete Zimmerman

Councilor/Acting Mayor Tom Kutz

Councilor Al Munson

Councilor Gene Gilbert

Councilor Jason Deiter

City offices
City offices are located downtown at 625 8th Avenue, PO Box 736. City Hall is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for national holidays.
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City administration
City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller

Assistant City Administrator Meagan Thiesen

Accountant/Treasurer Shari Zander

Finance and Utility Clerk

Public services
Street, utility, and parks system management. For general inquiries contact Howard Lake City Hall.

City compost site [residents only]
The city welcomes residents to use the organic compost site for the disposal of leaves, branches, and grass clippings. The site is open seasonally. Hazardous materials prohibited. Detailed information found on the city website.

Building/planning & zoning/assessing/engineering
The City of Howard Lake contracts for building, planning and zoning and assessment services. For general inquiries, contact city hall. For specific inquiries use the information below.
Pat Skie, Metro West Inspection Services, 763-479-1720.

Nate Sparks, NAC Planning –, 763-957-1100.

Josh Halverson, Bolton & Menk Engineering, 320-231-3956.

Chase Philippi, Assessor –, 320-963-6219.

Public safety
The City of Howard Lake is served by its own independent police, fire, and ambulance departments.

• Police Station
625 8th Avenue
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chief Dave Thompson

Sergeant/School Resource Officer
Darek Szczepanik

• Fire Station
817 7th Street
No regular office hours. Meetings second Tuesday each month at 7 p.m.

Chief Keith Bobrowski

Assistant Chief David Peterson
Assistant Chief Eric Stoll

Ambulance Director Jake Drusch

Ambulance billing Karen Drusch – 320-543-2715.
Now seeking new members.


More about Howard Lake

Howard Lake – your goals and dreams; we will help make them a reality!


The City has partnered with Paxmar Homes and we are offering quality, new, and affordable single-family homes starting at $180,000 in Terning Trails. Terning Trails is located less than a quarter mile from the lake on the northeast edge of town, and is currently home to the Lodge at Howard Lake – a Good Samaritan Society Assisted Living Center. The master development also includes a proposed child care center, as well as patio homes. If you’re looking to step up or settle down, Lake Ridge offers larger homes and parcels under $300,000. We want you to invest your time and money where it matters: on your house, your family, and your dreams!

Commercial/retail/professional services

We’re seeking driven, creative, and engaged entrepreneurs looking to open up shop in our revitalized  downtown!  We invite you to learn about and participate in our Downtown Revitalization effort, where we will provide grants, and zero interest and payment-deferred loans to rehabilitate commercial properties. Do you already own a business or property in Howard Lake and are seeking to find an affordable and environmentally-friendly energy source? Consider our PACE program that allows property owners upfront financial assistance to complete renewable energy upgrades to your property, paid back through annual special assessments. Finally, the Howard Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has established a New Business Start Up Grant program offering businesses in Howard Lake funds to begin their entrepreneurial journey in Howard Lake. The HLACC also offers Business to Business Discounts, Lunch and Learn courses, and monthly networking events.


Over the last decade, Howard Lake has provided property tax rebates and reduced development fees to qualifying business ventures that select Howard Lake for their corporate home. Our professional, efficient, and friendly staff will work closely with the project owner to provide the financial and technical expertise to advance their project. Led by Mayor Zimmerman, the city council and planning commission share the values and goals of being proactive and very business-friendly. Together with city staff, Howard Lake offers agreeable design standards and a flexible approval process to ensure your project is approved quickly and amicably and with the most competitive development incentives available. The city has remaining parcels in the Howard Lake Industrial Park that are shovel-ready for you and your project.   

For more information about any of these exciting programs, contact City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller at, by calling 320-543-3670, or by stopping in to city hall, located in the heart of downtown.