Commissioner Patricia Lesmeister-Nelson
Commissioner Patricia Lesmeister-Nelson is the Stevens County District 5 County Commissioner. She serves the constituents in the City of Morris, Precinct 1 and Morris Township. Lesmeister-Nelson has been elected to one term for Stevens County. She started in 2023.
Commissioner Lesmeister-Nelson was born and raised in Stevens County. She grew up on the family farm north of Morris which continues to remain in the family, being owned and operated by her brother. She received her elementary education at St. Mary's School in Morris and then attended the West Central School of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota-Morris, having graduated with honors. Through her working career, she had extensive administrative experience, having worked with USDA-ARS in Morris as well as their Regional Office in Minneapolis. With her administrative background she eventually entered into the legal field and she worked toward receiving her Paralegal Certification. This led to work opportunities in the St. Cloud area and the metro area.
Lesmeister-Nelson later returned to Morris and since then has been actively involved in many volunteer activities in the Stevens County community. She is a member of Assumption Church and is part of the music ministry singing in the Choir. She is the Mother of four sons and one daughter. Two of her sons reside in Stevens County, owning their own businesses. Her third son is a West Point graduate, having served 9 deployments in Iraq & Afghanistan, he is currently serving as a U.S. Army American Diplomat with NATO in Brussels, Belgium. Her fourth son owns and operates his own business in Scottsdale, AZ. Her one daughter is a Chiropractic physician and owns and operates her own business in Pequot Lakes, MN. Lesmeister-Nelson has 13 Grandchildren, each of whom bring much joy to her life.
As a Commissioner, Lesmeister-Nelson wants to hear from her constituents on issues that affect them.