History of District 5

District Lodge No. 5 was chartered October 4, 1990. The District Lodges were created from the 7 territories to help better serve its members.

Jim Anderson was appointed the first Directing Business Representative for District 5 in 1990. He held the position for 9 months until the first election for DBR was held in 1991.

The District was based out of Fargo ND until 1991 when Dennis Walworth was the first elected DBR. The office was then moved to Westport SD to Dennis’s home.

In 1999 the District rented an office in Aberdeen SD. In 2000 the District hired Dawn Theunissen as a part time Secretary for the office. In November 2002 the District again moved its office. This time to the Aberdeen Central Labor Union’s new building.

In 2003 the District had about 961 members and Dennis was on his 4th term as DBR for the District. As DBR Dennis helped the local lodges negotiate contracts, helped members with problems and settled grievances. When grievances could not be settled Dennis represented the members through the lodge before an Arbitrator.

In 2003 Secretary Treasure Arlo Remmers turned over his calculator to Chris Skeldum. President John Graham turned over his gavel to Brad Schiernbeck and Vice President Landis Larson turned over his position to Herb Forkel. In the second quarter of the year Chris turned over the books to Barb May.

The District has seen several Grand Lodge Representatives retire through the years–Jerome Burnett, Barney Grosso, John Davis, Rod Hoffman. We thank them all for their help with arbitration cases and negotiating contracts and for just being there when we needed a friend. Barney departed from this life in 2002. He will be missed.

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