Meet Commissioner Daleiden

I have lived in Wright County for most of my life. I was born in Frankfort Township, which is now part of the City of St. Michael, as the oldest of seven children.

After graduating from St. Michael-Albertville High School, I attended different colleges, but came to realize that life was the best teacher. During that time, I had various jobs through high school and college in an attempt to determine what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I ended up working for Hawkins Water Treatment Group, a company that solved problems in the field of municipal & industrial water/wastewater treatment. It was a job I held for 28 years.

After almost three decades of working for someone else, I decided to go into business for myself. I purchased A1 Quick Lube and Auto Showers Car and Pet Wash, both in St. Michael. I chose this line of work because I always liked playing with cars…and still do.

I moved away from Wright County, but returned in 1986 with my wife Delena before the birth of our daughter. The reason was simple: I felt Wright County was the best place for us to raise a family. We raised our two children in Albertville and then moved to Frankfort Township (now St. Michael). Our daughter and her family live in St. Michael and our son and his wife live in Anoka.

Back in 2012, I decided to run for county commissioner because I enjoy new challenges (I didn’t realize what a challenge it would be). I had experience on the planning and zoning board for Albertville and as a supervisor for Frankfort township.

I have enjoyed my time as county commissioner and made it a priority to help bring the county’s technology into the 21st Century so we could keep up with the growth of the county and the technological advancements that have become so important to our daily lives. I announced after my last election in November 2018 that I won’t seek a fourth term in office, which will expire Dec. 31, 2022. I would like to think I have served the people of District 3 and all residents of Wright County to the best of my ability. After 10 years on the county board, I feel it’s time for someone with a new perspective to represent the residents of Otsego, St. Michael and Dayton. As I have told many new county employees that I meet, “You are working for the Right County.” It is something I believed before I became commissioner and something I believe even more strongly now.