by TaLeiza Calloway
Larry Hosch is the newest member of the St. Joseph Economic Development Authority following a recent council vote.
The St. Joseph City Council voted 5-0 in support of Hosch’s appointment to the board. The 34-year-old was one of four contenders to fill an open seat. Other applicants included Doug Danielson, Tanya Finken and Mike McDonald.
St. Joseph City Council member Steve Frank was glad to see the vacancy on the EDA’s board filled and glad the majority of those sitting on the board are city residents, he said.
“I support the mayor’s appointment,” Frank said. “Hosch brings a unique background and experience.”
Noting EDA member Carolyn Yaggie Heinen will not seek another term on the board, Frank urged council members to consider the fact the board will be led by all men as they move forward with recruitment in the future.
Hosch was first elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 2004. He announced last month he would not seek a fifth term as representative for District 14A. The decision was part of an effort to spend more time with his family. Before becoming a representative, he served as mayor of St. Joseph for four years, starting at age 22.
EDA members serve for six years. The EDA board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at St. Joseph City Hall.