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Mayor Todd Sawrey

Contact: tsawrey@adamn.gov
Term expires 12-31-22


Council member-Ward 1 John Hintz

Contact: Jhintz@adamn.gov
Term expires 12-31-20

I am a currently a member of the Economic Development Authority & president of the Ada Future Leaders. I've been employed at Kelly's Chrysler Center, Inc. here in Ada as the business manager/salesman since 2004. I graduated from Ada-Borup Highschool in 2004 & MSCTC in Moorhead in 2007 with a degree in Sales & Business Management. I've lived in Ada almost my entire life & married my wife Katie in August of 2012. I decided to run for City Council to add a fresh perspective & voice on subjects relating to the younger generation. My cell phone number is (701)412-5517 and I can be reached at jhintz@adamn.gov



Council Member-Ward 2 Tom Opheim

Contact: topheim@adamn.gov
Term expires 12-31-20

I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. I graduated from Highland Park Senior High School, Gustavus Adolphus College and William Mitchell College of Law. My wife, Linda, and I moved to Ada in 1975. All four of our children were born and raised here. Linda and I have been very active in organizations in Ada. I was elected as Norman County Attorney six times and served as Ada City Attorney for more than 30 years. After practicing both public and private sector law for 37 years I retired in 2011. Linda and I consider our decision to move to Ada and raise our family here as one of the very best decisions we have ever made. Ada is a wonderful place to live!


Council Member-Ward 1 Mike Nelson

Contact: mnelson@adamn.gov
Term expires 12-31-20



Council Member-At Large Crystal Stene

Contact: cstene@adamn.gov

Term expires 12-31-22

I am a currently a client representative / co-chairperson on the Norman County Salvation Army Board. I’ve been employed at Norman County Social Services for about 10 years. I graduated from MN State Community & Technical College with a degree as a Legal Assistant. I’ve lived in Norman County most of my life and recently, my family relocated to Ada where we purchased and are renovating a house. I’ve been married to my husband Heath for 12 years and we have three children. I wanted to put my hat in for City Council to not only be a part of my new community, but also, to be involved in the new and exciting things that I’ve been watching happen in Ada for some time now. I’m honored to have this opportunity



Council Member-Ward 2 Jacob Kroshus

Contact: jkroshus@adamn.gov

Term expires 12-31-20

I’ve lived in Ada most of life. I graduated from ABHS in 2007, went to MSCTC in Moorhead MN for Diesel technology and graduated 2009, I have worked for Norman County Implement in Ada as a mechanic, Titan Machinery in Ada as a heavy haul truck driver also. I farm with my dad Joe, and work full time for The State of Minnesota Highway Department (MNDOT) in Ada as a Transportation Generalist, driving snow plow in the winter and performing road maintenance in the summer. I married my wife Amber the summer of 2016 and we have a son (Jayden) who was born December of 2013. I am vice president of the Ada Future Leaders and am on the Public Works committee. I ran for city council to represent the younger generation of Ada, and voice their concerns. Feel free to contact me by email at jkroshus@adamn.gov with any questions.



Council member - At Large Josh Mathsen

Contact: jmathsen@adamn.gov
Term expires 12-31-22

I was born in Ada and was raised on our family hobby farm about 4 ½ miles east of Ada. I was home schooled through 10 th grade where I also attended ABHS for 2 classes a day. After 10 th grade I decided to attend ABHS as a full time student where I soon realized how much I thrived being with people. After graduating in 2007 I attended Bemidji State University for criminal justice, and after my first semester changed my degree to business with a sales and marketing emphasis. I decided to come back to Ada 1 ½ before graduating from college to be a frozen food and dairy manager at Ralph’s Food Pride. In June 2010 only 5 months after coming home to Ada I Married Michelle who had also lived in Ada most over her life and Graduated from high school with me in 2007. In August 2012 we had our first child Isaac and only 3 short years later in May 2015 we had our second child Brynlee. In 2014 I decided to try something different, so I sold cars for Corwin Chrysler Dodge in Fargo ND and very soon after I realized I was a small town kind of guy and came back to work in sales and service at Lee Bros Chevy and Buick in Ada. In May of 2016 I decided to give the Hardware business a try and started Working at McCollums Hardware where I am currently working primarily in the hunting and fishing department. I have always had an interest in government and have felt that it is our duty to serve where ever and however we can and that’s why I joined the Ada Borup Volunteer Fire Department and the Ada Future Leaders in April 2016. In 2018 I decided to put my name in to fill a vacancy and finish out a term on the city council. After being selected to fulfill the remainder of the term I thought about how much I enjoyed being able to be a part of the decisions that affect the city of Ada to which I had come to love. It is sometimes difficult to make certain decisions but my goal is to make the decision that is best for the long term of Ada and it’s citizens. Thanks for the opportunity to serve Ada and always feel free to contact me at

(218) 474-0517 and or my email at jmathsen@adamn.gov.


Council Member - At Large Casey Krieger


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