District 1 Commissioner

District 1 Commissioner - VernDistrict 1
Vern Massie
20672 169th Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470

District 1 Serves:
City of Nevis;
Townships of Lake Emma and Nevis;
Township of Henrietta, except those parts annexed to the City of Park Rapids;
Section 36 of Todd Township, except those parts annexed to the City of Park Rapids

Vern Massie was born and raised in the Park Rapids area, attended the Park Rapids High School and graduated in 1968.  He attended Bemidji Vo-tech and received a degree in accounting.  Vern started his career working in the Moorhead and Albert Lea area until 1970 when he was drafted to serve in the US Army.  During his service he worked to establish the first company area in Ft Ord California for the newly developed voluntary army.  Upon completion of his service in the Army, he returned to Hubbard County and was hired to work in the County’s Zoning Office.  He became the Zoning Administrator in 1975 and in 1985 the administration of the Solid Waste Program was added to his duties.  In 1990 he became full time Solid Waste Administrator until he retired with a total of 42 years of service to the citizens of Hubbard County.

Vern and his wife Alice live on their hobby (beef) farm and enjoy gardening and their family.  Together they have six grown children, nine grandchildren and sadly experienced the tragic loss of a son in a car accident.  Vern remains busy hauling livestock to area sale barns, markets and pastures.  Until recently he was a licensed auctioneer in the area.

Vern has been very active in the community, served on the Hubbard County Mounted Posse and is an active member of the First English Lutheran Church in Dorset.  He has held many American Legion Post 212 offices over the last 37 years including service as commander for four years (first Viet Nam Era veteran to serve as commander of the post as well as the youngest vet to serve in that capacity), ran and was elected 6th District American Legion Commander for the State of MN in 2013, served on the State Executive board and continues to add to his past 14 years of service as post adjutant.  He is also currently serving as Captain of the American Legion Riders Post 212 group and enjoys the time he spends with fellow veterans and others riding motorcycle.