Laleman new clerk

Laurie Laleman recently finished her “Associate Degree in Accounting”, online at Rasmussen business College. She’s wasted little time using her new-found knowledge in a new career — as the Minneota City Clerk.

She began her second week on the job on Monday, fresh off three years at US Bank in Marshall.

Laleman replaces Alexis Ramirez, who resigned earlier to follow his husband to his new job in Colorado. The face greeting the public at City Hall will be a familiar one.

A home-grown product, she is the wife of construction man Bruce Laleman and she has three grown children, Faith, a nurse at Avera; Kaitlyn, who works for Vishay of Marshall and Isaac, who is attending South Dakota State University.

“I grew up across the street from St. Edward’s Church,” said Laleman, who counts her local roots as one of the assets on her new job.

Laleman considers herself a people person, so she brings her personality back to the Minneota community. What she likes about her new job is simple.

“I like the diversity. Everyday there is something new.”

She works with City Administrator Shirley Teigland, who handled both jobs for about a month before Laleman was hired.

“Shirley is very knowledgeable and she knows the community,” said Laleman. Laleman comes from a job where she worked mainly with assessors of counties with business and personal property assessments and taxes.

This job gives her more access to the general public.

“It was a lot like this job in that every day is a different day,” Laleman said.

“I loved that job, too,” she said. Before the US Bank position, she worked at the Minneota Building Center.

In fact, she had two separate terms at the local lumberyard. “I worked six years the first time for UBC before it was sold, then the second time for three years,” she said.

“It’s nice to work in town,” she added, indicating she’s glad to be back in Minneota. One of the factors bringing Laleman to the city was the chance to have the city’s insurance plan.

“That’s a big thing for me,” she said. Her husband Bruce is self-employed so getting a chance to have a good insurance plan helped her make her decision.

Other than six months spent in Watertown, Laleman says she’s always been in Minneota. “I love this area,” she said, adding, “I just like knowing everybody.”

One of her challenges is to, “Come in and figure out a new program.” Each clerk has their own way of operating and she’s working on developing heres.

“There is so much to learn, you can’t imagine,” she said about the new city clerk job. “I like learning new things, and that has happened. I just hope this is my last job,” Laleman said.

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