Meet Commissioner Wetter

Mary Wetter describes herself as a “fiscally responsible conservative with over 45 years of experience in business, politics, and raising a family in Wright County.”  She believes in the importance of listening to her constituents.  She has lived in Wright County for 48 years.   She has been married to her husband, Leander, for 46 years.  They have three adult married children (John, Paul, and Anne) and three young grandchildren.

Mary is the new Wright County District 4 County Commissioner, representing Albertville, Precinct I and Precinct 2; St. Michael, west of County Road 19, Precinct 1A; Hanover, Precinct 2 and Precinct 3; Rockford; and Rockford Township. She lives in Rockford Township.

Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Minnesota.  She also is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Leadership Institute. She was in the past, the Laboratory Manager at Buffalo Hospital.   She was a Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Supervisor for 18 years, serving five terms, an elected position, where she was a past chair and vice chair.  All of those years, she served on the Legislative and Finance Committees.  She represented the Wright SWCD on the Technical Service Joint Powers Board.  Mary also had served for six years as the Metro Area Director, representing 11 counties, on the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Board where she served on the Legislative and Resolution/Policy Committees.  She also was a Citizen Lake Monitoring Program volunteer for 10 years.

Mary and her husband are retired dairy and crop farmers where they farmed near Hanover, MN, she for over 30 years, Leander, much longer.  Mary milked the Holsteins (in her opinion the best cows), did the breeding, raised the calves, field work, and bookkeeping.  And she was raised in North Minneapolis!  The Wetter Family was the 2002 Wright County Farm Family of the Year.   Mary was on the Wright County Extension Committee Board for six years, three as chair and was a 4-H leader and volunteer for over 20 years.

Mary and her husband also have been Historical Society members for many years and have volunteered many hours.  Between farming and history, it was natural for them to own many antique and restored tractors, including four steam traction engines.  Mary is proud to say that she is a licensed historical boiler engineer and a Rollag Steam School graduate.  She is a Minnesota Steam Engine Association member, a Nowthen Historical Power Association member, and an Atwater Threshers member.  She and Leander love to demonstrate and show their collection.

Mary has been very active in local politics for many years.  She is a Wright County representative to the Congressional District 6 Board.  She’s also been the chair or committee member at many local, congressional, and state conventions on Nominations, Constitution, Bylaws, and Credentials Committees.  She has been a delegate at many, many, conventions through the years.   She has been a volunteer for various campaigns and in the past, an election judge.   To say, Mary has been busy in politics, is something she is proud of.

Mary is excited to start this new chapter in her life as county commissioner.  She has many interests and experience in many areas, and is ready to share them.  She will be the first to say that she has a lot to learn, but is ready and welcomes comments from the constituents.