President: Chad Swanson
1051 W Latoka Dr SW
Chad and his wife, Sheila, purchased their lake home in the fall of 2013. They have three adult children with ten grandchildren with all enjoying the lake every daylight hour. Chad has dealt with county, state boards and committees for years through his previous business and wants to keep involved with what happens in local decisions including the Lake Latoka Property Owners Association board.
2909 Vonderheide Dr SW
Rita joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and has been re-elected for a second term. She is very passionate about Lake Latoka and contributes to our lake environment in many ways.
Serving as the fish liaison to the Board and the Association, Rita works with Chris Block who coordinates with the DNR, the Viking Sportsman’s Club and Klug Fisheries for the walleye stocking of Lake Latoka.
To improve communication and inform boaters, Rita has updated the Aquatic Plant signs to make them more visible, has updated the sign boxes and Northern Pike Regulations at the North and South landings, and created signage to caution boaters during the Interstate 94 bridge construction project.
Rita assists with the Shoreline Restoration Cost Share Program and works with Paul Wheeler and Doug Kuelbs in the spring to place the loon nesting platforms on the lake.
Rita thoroughly enjoys lake life and believes we have a real treasure with Lake Latoka. She is always there to encourage lake owners to respect what nature has provided and to take good care of our lake to preserve it for future generations.
2880 The Narrows Drive
Kathy lives with her husband Rich, on Narrows Drive on Little Latoka. They bought their property in 1982 and enjoyed life at the cabin for thirty years until retiring and moving in full-time in 2009.
Kathy loves waking up on the lake every morning! Gardening, reading, golfing and boat rides are some of her favorite hobbies. Since retiring, Kathy and Rich have not only enjoyed the lake, they have also enjoyed a life-long dream of traveling.
They are very proud of their three adult children and eight grandchildren, who all love coming to share a slice of paradise on Little Latoka.
Kathy is looking forward to serving on the LLPOA. She is excited to learn more about how to keep our lake healthy and also to meet more great Lake Latoka people!
Treasurer: Paul Wheeler
3023 Vonderheide Dr SW
Paul Wheeler and his wife, Donna, have had a seasonal cabin on Lake Latoka since 1980. In 2007 they made it their permanent residence. Paul retired as a Special Agent, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Criminal Investigation Division, after 25 years. They enjoy spending “lake time” with their two children, three grandsons, and two granddaughters. Paul is looking forward to serving on the LLPOA, getting to know more Lake Latoka residents, and helping to solve lake quality issues.
1583 W Latoka Dr SW
Jan lives on the west side of Latoka and purchased her property in 1995. Jan spends much of her time with her six grandchildren and is known for creating and sewing their Halloween costumes every year. Besides sewing she loves to garden, read, hang out with friends and enjoy the lake. Jan's interest in serving on the Board stems from her desire to help maintain the quality of life on the lake.
1756 Firemen's Lodge Rd
Gene was born in Alexandria at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital and grew up in Cyrus, the son of a blacksmith. He attended the University of Minnesota, Morris and was promptly drafted upon graduating. In 2005, after spending twenty-four years in the US army, Gene retired from the Army and in 2015, he retired from IBM in Boulder, Colorado. His wife, Maureen was born and raised in Morris, Minnesota. They were married in 1968 and are proud of their two children and two granddaughters. Gene brings great experience to the Board, having served as the President of their Home Owners Association in Erie, Colorado for 8 years. In his spare time, he enjoys metal work and tinkering in his garage shop. Gene and Maureen moved to Alexandria in 2017 and are happy to be back in their “homeland”.
3350 Latoka Bay Dr SW
Russ and his wife Pam purchased their Lake Latoka property in 2017 and are calling it home after selling their Cold Spring, MN residence in 2019. Even though it has not been their home for long they have been enjoyed Lake Latoka since 2001, when Pam’s parents purchased the property.
Russ began work for Land O’Lakes in 1990 in livestock feed sales and currently serves as the safety resource for remote sales employees and manages the light vehicle safety program for the company. Russ, Pam and their two adult sons enjoy time on the lake and you may find them fishing, water skiing or just cruising on the pontoon to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Protecting the quality and preserving the beauty of Lake Latoka is important to Russ and he wants to make sure the resource remains healthy for future generations to enjoy.
1096 Fireman's Lodge RD SW
2436 Bradford Bay SW
My wife Andrea and I built our home on the south end of Big Latoka in 2020 – we are looking forward to enjoying our 2nd summer of lake life! I work as a Fire Sales Rep for Clarey’s Safety out of Rochester, MN. After spending 29 years as a Firefighter & EMT I retired, however am still able to continue my passion as a Fire Instructor for Alex Tech and Ridgewater Colleges. Andrea and I enjoy time outdoors with our 2 dogs Kacey and Madi, which includes fishing in both summer and winter months along with entertaining family and friends. I look forward to meeting many of you over the the next 3 years as I serve on the lake board.
Lake Association Volunteers
MCPA Water Quality Control Monitor, DNR Lake Level Secchi Disc Reader: Terry & Sue Orpen ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 320-762-1708 Dave Sailer ~ email@example.com ~ 320-759-3060
Douglas County Lake Assoc Rep: Bruce Luehmann ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 320-219-7617 Chad Swanson ~ email@example.com ~ 320-760-3142
Database Manager for Mailing List: Sue Orpen ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 320-762-1708
Greeter for Big Latoka: Gene Olson ~ email@example.com ~ 320-219-6431
Greeter for Little Latoka: Kathy Moen ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 320-760-3936
Email Correspondents: Pat Jepsen and Tony Llopis ~ email@example.com
Sign Box Coordinator: Rita Glieden ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 320-583-1584
Newsletter Editor: Jan Mahoney ~ email@example.com ~ 651-587-8009
Facebook Moderator: Chris Block ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 651-307-7663
Fish Stocking: Chris Block ~ email@example.com ~ 651-307-7663 Rita Glieden ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 320-583-1584
Website Manager: Chad Swanson ~ email@example.com ~ 320-760-3142