Thorstad to seek City Commission post
Mike Thorstad has announced that he will be a seeking a position on the West Fargo City Commission in the June 10 City Election. This will be Thorstad's first bid for a City Commission post, with two four-year-terms open - those presently held by City Commissioners Mark Simmons and Brenda Warren.
A 40-year resident of West Fargo, Thorstad graduated from West Fargo High in 1975; attended Moorhead State University; and was a partner in Tri-State Auto Auction until the business, along with the Sioux Falls Auto Auction, was sold to ADESA Corporation in October.
During his tenure at Tri-State, Thorstad was involved in various industry associations. He continues to be a partner and serves as president of DSI Automotive Products, a distributor with locations in West Fargo and Sioux Falls, plus he and his wife Mona, a native West Fargoan, own and operate Sign Pro, located on Second Avenue and 45th Street in West Fargo. Thorstad also has ownership interest in several property partnerships.
As a longtime resident and active businessperson, Thorstad has witnessed West Fargo's growth transcend from a very small town to a metropolitan area atmosphere. He said his decision to run for City Commission was prompted by the fact that he now has some extra time to afford to community endeavors. "I've always had an interest in civic activities, but didn't have the spare time to devote to a position such as City Commissioner. Now that I have 'retired' from the auctions following the sale, and work with my other business interests on a limited basis, I have more time to dedicate to the Commissioner position."
Thorstad said his bid isn't being prompted by any particular "hot button" topic he is concerned with, but by several issues he feels strongly about. "We need continued orderly growth and will need to address transportation and services issues within the City. I do believe we need to be more proactive instead of reactive when it comes to infrastructure and road systems. The Ninth Street interchange should have been done years ago, and the widening of south Sheyenne Street (Horace Road) by Eagle Run should have been realized during its early development phase. The Main Avenue reconstruction project has been discussed and planned for years and still no one knows exactly what's going to happen and when. It is a tough balance to find funding for these needs without overburdening the taxpayers. Special assessments have gotten pretty steep in some areas such as Eagle Run. It is a challenge for some families to make ends meet when they lose their new home tax abatement and then get specials tacked on top."
The Thorstads are the parents of three children, Matt, Mindi and Mason and have one grandchild and another due shortly. Matt and Mindi are West Fargo High grads and Mason will graduate this year. The family are members of Blessed Sacrament Church of West Fargo where Mike has served on the Finance committee for several years.