Phone: 218-547-7262


Board of Directors & Staff



Bill Palmer - President
Essentia Health 

“I believe that economic development – and the EDC – can greatly benefit the communities in Cass County.”

Jay Cline - Treasurer
First National Bank - Backus

"I believe in the growth and development of Cass County."

Darrel Thomas - Secretary
Anderson Brothers Construction

"Cass County is a great place to live and work; I desire to help people build quality companies for today and the future."

Board Members

Laura J. Hansen
Breen & Person, Ltd.

"By serving on the CCEDC Board of Directors, I hope to help promote and grow the economic strength and assets of our communities in Cass County.  Cass County Economic Development Corporation is an integral part of that."
Roger D. Hoplin
Bites Grill & Bar

"I am excited to work with the Cass County EDC to promote business expansion and create a draw for job seekers who will find our area one of the best in the state!"
Anna Hunstad

"As a resident of Cass County, I am very passionate about seeing the area grow, draw new businesses and work with those who have a desire to grow and develop their businesses."
Jason Pederson
Fuller Wallner, Attorneys at Law

"I have a strong interest in commerce and continued economic growth
of our area."
Nathan Sauvageau

"I would like to further my involvement in the business community of Cass County and create good paying jobs for its residents."

Jeff Sheldon
Lake Country Power

"I would like to help attract and grow new and existing businesses in Cass County, while working to minimize the wage disparity between northern MN and the metro area."


  Mike Paulus
Executive Director
Phone: 218-547-7262 Walker
              218-831-9147 Cell

Mike Paulus is the Executive Director for the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. He has been working in Business Development since 2008.

  Marina Lovell
Program Coordinator and SBDC Consultant
Phone: 218-547-7262 Walker

Marina handles grant reporting, financial management and assists with special projects. She is a business owner and SBDC consultant with a specialty in marketing and retail display effectiveness.

“I am convinced that any economic improvement made by the Cass County EDC is good for Cass County, good for my town, and thus, good for the future of my business.”
- Chris Hanneken,
Hanneken Insurance,Pine River.
Ex-officio Members of the board from Cass County include:
  • Bob Kangas
  • Scott Bruns
Honorary Board Members include:
  • Cy Struss
  • Terry Freeman
  • Dave Johnson
  • Bob Yochum



The Shante
Owners Anna Hunstad worked with the EDC ....“very helpful, prompt and efficient with any questions we had regarding the business plan."
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