City Information


City of Howard Lake

City Council: Mayor – Pete Zimmerman; Council members – Gene Gilbert, Tom Kutz, Jason Deiter, and Al Munson.

The city council meets monthly on the third Tuesday each month 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.

City Staff: City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller, Assistant City Administrator Aurora Yager, Accountant/Treasurer Shari Zander, Finance and Utility Clerk Jean Yunker.

Police Department: Police Chief Dave Thompson; Sergeant Eric Anderson, and Darek Szczepanik; police station, 763-682-7600.

Public Works Staff: Troy Zwilling, Tim Kosek, and Clayton Prestidge; 320- 543-3670.

Howard Lake Wine & Spirits: Store Manager Myra Laway; 320-543-2038.

City Planner: Nate Sparks, Northwest Associated Consultants; 320-543-3670.

City Financial Advisor: Shannon Sweeney, David Drown Associates; 612- 920-3320 ext. 104.

Building Inspector: Metro West Inspection Services; 800-223-1720.

Fire Chief: Daryl Drusch, fire station; 320-543-2001.

Assistant Fire Chiefs: Fire Chief 1,Keith Bobrowski; Chief 2,Craig Loebertman

Ambulance Director: Jake Drusch.

City Attorney: Halverson, Langemo & Paschke and Couri, Ruppe PLLP; 763- 497-1930.

City Assessor: Ken Yager; 320-963-6219.

City Auditors: Conway, Deuth, and Schmiesing.

City Engineer: Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Civil Defense Director: Craig Loebertmann.

Public Finance Advisor: Shannon Sweeney, David Drown Associates.

Building Official: Metro West Inspection Services.

Health Officer: Ridgeview Medical Clinic.

Acting Mayor: Tom Kutz.

Acting City Administrator: Aurora Yager.

Economic Development Authority: full city council.

Housing Redevelopment Authority: full city council.

Park and Planning Commission: Jean Schmidt, Vern Kleve, Gene Gilbert, J. Deiter, K. Huff, A. Debner, E. Long

Liquor Commission: Tom Kutz and Pete Zimmerman.

Cable/Public Access Commission: Margaret Marketon, Kendell Kubasch, and Tom Kutz.

Public Works Committee: Jason Deiter and Tom Kutz.

Community Development Committee: Pete Zimmerman and Al Munson.

Public Safety Committee: Tom Kutz and Jason Deiter.

Intergovernmental Committee: Pete Zimmerman and Tom Kutz.

Finance Committee: Gene Gilbert and Pete Zimmerman.

Personnel Committee: Pete Zimmerman and Al Munson.

Official Website:

Official Public Access Channel: PACT 10

Official Newspaper: Herald Journal.

Official Depositories: Citizen’s Alliance Bank Citizen’s Alliance Bank of Clara City Community Bank Goldman Saches, New York NY CitiBank, Salt Lake City UT Amex Centurion

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.