Meet Commissioner Borrell

I am a fourth-generation farmer from Woodland Township, where my great-grandfather farmed more than 150 years ago. Much of how I view my life has been shaped by that upbringing in the small-town atmosphere that Wright County provided me. 

After graduating from Howard Lake High School, I joined the U.S. Navy and it was an experience that has influenced my life ever since. I was on active duty for four years and was in the Naval Reserves for 17 years. I’m very proud of my military service and those who have served our country and answered the call to serve. I am a past commander and member of American Legion Post 305 in Waverly and remain active with organizations and causes that deal with those who are or were in the armed services.

After returning home from active service, I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science degree in business management. My degree has helped me immensely in my work as a commissioner because the county is a business in which you have to operate within budgets, project revenues and expenditures and oversee a lot of employees. It has served me well because so many of the decisions we make as a board incorporates things I learned in college while studying for my degree.

Prior to coming to the county board in 2012, I spent three years on the Woodland Township Board of Supervisors and four years as a member of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board.

One of my beliefs that I brought with me to the county board was that I feel people should be treated respectfully, fairly and with compassion. I’ve always fought against abuse of power and I strongly believe the power of government should be used sparingly. It’s just something engrained in me and, whenever I see people pushed around by the abuse of power, I fight on their behalf.

I will be retiring from the county board when my term expires at the end of 2020. I’m going to miss being a commissioner and working for the people of my district and the entire county, but I felt two terms was enough, so I won’t be running for another term. I want to spend more time with my loving wife Lynn, my kids Natalie, Tony, Alayna and Darya and my grandsons Otto and Lyle. I don’t think I’ll ever be fully retired because I love farming– seeing the baby calves on my farm frolic around is therapy for me. If you’re looking for me after retirement, you’ll probably find me at an area campsite or sitting around the fire pit on our family farm in Woodland Township. I’ve enjoyed my time as a county commissioner and feel I served my constituents to the best of my ability, as well as helping individuals resolve issues they had with the county. But, after eight years, I feel it will be time to pass the baton to someone else that will continue to work hard for the people of District 5.