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Lake of the Woods board fills posts until fall election is held



The Lake of the Woods Association has chosen two new directors and new officers to replace incumbents who resigned last month.

Mike Rugless and Louisa Rucker were chosen by the remaining five directors to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of president Bob Shope and secretary Laurie Brown. Rugless and Rucker will serve until the homeowners association holds its next regular election in September.

Shope resigned from the board on Dec. 17. Brown tendered her resignation Dec. 29.

Rugless and Rucker both mentioned feeling humbled and honored by their selection.

“I look forward to doing what I can to make this a better community,” Rugless pledged.

Rucker noted, “We are all Lake of the Woods. I’m so glad we are all on the same team working together.”

Three other candidates had volunteered for the director slots. They are Dick Delio, Dan Greene and Jim Hutchison. Board member Jon Anderson commended them for their willingness to serve.

“They are all very qualified candidates,” he said, “We have such excellent talent here.”

The new board elected Jim Walsh as its president and Rucker its secretary.

Walsh was elected to the board in 2011 for a three-year term. He previously completed a 20-year military career in the Marine Corps, retiring as a major. He is currently employed as a vice president and financial advisor with the brokerage firm of Sterne Agee.

Walsh thanked his fellow board members for their confidence in him.

“We are all volunteers serving the community,” he said, “We will do our best to keep the community moving forward in a positive direction, to increase our property values, to—where possible—make improvements, and also to take into consideration all cost-effective options. I look forward to the challenge.”

Dan McFarland: