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Cloquet School Board chooses newest member

At a special meeting on Monday night, the Cloquet School Board selected Ted Lammi to fill the unexpired term of Sandy Crowley, who resigned her position last month.

At a special meeting on Monday night, the Cloquet School Board selected Ted Lammi to fill the unexpired term of Sandy Crowley, who resigned her position last month.

Lammi, who has lived in Cloquet since 1988, is an Airbus pilot for Delta Airlines and had three children graduate from the school system.

The board interviewed eight candidates who formally applied for the position, but selected Lammi from a field of first four, and then three, finalists.

"I want others to have the same opportunity as my kids had," Lammi told the board. "I care deeply about kids. My own kids had very successful times in the Cloquet School District and I want to help provide that opportunity to other kids."

Lammi served seven years in the Air Force as a pilot, instructor and flight commander of the 85th Flying Training Squadron, reaching the rank of captain before leaving the service in 1987 to work for Northwest Airlines. He now flies DC-9 and Airbus 320 aircraft as a captain and is a member of the Airline Pilots Association.

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He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from UMD with a concentration in Industrial Relations.

In his volunteer work, Lammi was a founding member of the Cloquet Youth Soccer Association, and served as its president from 2003-06. He has coached little league baseball in Cloquet and has held volunteer positions at Northwood United Methodist Church.

Lammi rose to the top of a field of strong candidates for the position including Brett Wienen, who ran unsuccessfully for a spot on the board last fall.

"If you take the entire group of candidates as a body, they could run a school board as well as anybody," board member Dan Danielson said.

The initial field of eight candidates was narrowed down to Lammi, Andy French, Brian Hammitt and Tracy Vargason, with Lammi, French and Hammitt making the final vote.

He says his priorities will be to promote teamwork and encourage people to work together.

"It's not like in the Air Force, when you can give an order and expect it will be carried out," he said. "In a volunteer organization, it's a lot different. We can work together and we can overcome the district's problems."

"I saw eyes light up on the board when I talked about teamwork [in the interview]," Lammi added. "It's very important in all our government and especially on our school board. As a pilot, I can tell you that teamwork is everything."

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Lammi also said he intends to run for the seat he now holds when his interim term expires at the end of 2014.

"I do intend to run, as long as I feel I have been effective and done a good job," he said.

Lammi will be sworn in as the newest member of the board at its regular meeting Monday night.

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