Mayor Durand Award Recipient


City of Wabasha Mayor Emily Durand was named as the 2022 Emerging Leader Award recipient last week by the League of Minnesota Cities.


The award was announced at the League’s Annual Conference of city officials in Duluth.


Durand took office in 2019 and is the first female mayor in the city’s history. Early on, she played a key leadership role in supporting a $6 million expansion for the city’s National Eagle Center, a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River.


Durand has also been a leader in the Minnesota Futures planning study which established conceptual plans and community support for the rerouting of Highway 60 and the redevelopment of an underutilized area of downtown.


The League’s Emerging Leader Award is presented in recognition and encouragement of elected and appointed officials who are early in their service to municipal government, have made meaningful contributions to their city, and show promise for continuing service and leadership.



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