by Dennis Dalman
For the past couple of years, Brady Andel had been wondering how he could help out a city he loves – Sartell.
His wife, friends and acquaintances encouraged him to file for a position on the Sartell City Council. Recently he did just that – signed an affidavit for candidacy at city hall.
“This is a great city,” he said “It’s a great place to live and a great place to conduct business.”
Andel has been a Sartell resident for 17 years. Raised in Foley, he graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2001 with a degree in business administration and management. For 10 years he was an accounts manager for CH Robinson. Since 2015 he has been an agency owner for Armstrong Transport Group, a transportation logistics company whose headquarters are in Charlotte, N.C.
“I think two of Sartell’s greatest strengths are its schools and its churches and how they promote a strong community,” Andel said. “I want them to remain strong, and we have to keep promoting Sartell as a business-friendly city and promote more growth.”
As a longtime city resident, Andel is keenly aware of how Sartell has experienced a huge burst of growth in just a couple of decades, and there have been and will be challenges associated with continued growth, he said. Infrastructure and setting priorities for such projects will be of prime importance if he is elected to the council, Andel said.
“I would take a common-sense approach to issues that may arise,” he added. “These are exciting times for Sartell.’
Andel’s wife, Jill, is director of the honors program at St. Cloud State University. They have two children – Brooke, 15, and Carson, 11.
One of Andel’s avid hobbies is golf, and it’s a hobby he shares with his entire family.
Author: Dennis Dalman
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.