On June 14, 2012, the Governing Boards of the Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and the North Country Library Cooperative (NCLC) met for the final time before the two organizations were restructured.Members of both boards supported the vision of the “merged” structure, even though it meant that many of them were “voting themselves out of a job.” My heartfelt thanks to all of them for their service and commitment to improved library services.

Governing Board (Mountain Iron, MN): June 14, 2012. (Left-to-Right) Jane
Brissett (Duluth), Kay Colby (Silver Bay), Linda Lee Booth (Grand Rapids), Lois
Ferguson (Eveleth), Richard Niss (Babbitt), Tom Hanson (Baudette), Rob Ecklund
(International Falls), Terry Anderson (Cloquet), Bette Mattson (Iron), Teresa
Dawson (Duluth), Dennis Jerome (Grand Rapids), Lenore Johnson (Two Harbors),
Audrey Stattelman (Hovland), Beth Kelly, President (Twig), Clarence Quatier
(Deer River), Patrick Layman (Aurora). Not pictured: Louise Grams (Virginia),
Lori Hendrickson (Hibbing), Kathy West (International Falls).

Governing Board (Mountain Iron, MN): June 14, 2012. (Left-to-Right) Grace
Schuck (Marble), Jill Hietala (Virginia), John Dalton (International Falls),
Richard Niss (Babbitt), Lenore Johnson, President (Two Harbors), Terry Anderson
(Cloquet), Nancy Maxwell (Virginia). Not pictured: Laurel Chilcote (Virginia).