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Happy Mother's Day!

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  Wow, it has been a while… Let me wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all those moms out there.   I have been blessed to have some incredible moms in my life: my wife, Lisa, my mom, Carole, my Air Force Academy sponsor mom, Barb, my mother-in-law, Suzanne, the moms in our Couples’ Bible Study, the Air Force moms who kept everything running while we were deployed, wonderful neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers, City Councilmembers…   These amazing, powerful, intelligent, energetic, giving, resourceful women teach us, encourage us, support us, lead us, listen to us, ground us, and are always there for us when we need them most.   If you are also blessed, you have these amazing women in your life who inspire you to be better, to think a little more of others, to be kind and to love, to take pleasure and joy in watching others grow and develop, to bring a new perspective to our thinking. Lisa my wife, Carole my mother, Suzanne my mother-in-law, and Barb my sponsor mom were all teac

Please Let Me Know How I Can Best Serve...

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I am excited to join Mayor Kara Ries and Councilmembers Jim Hara, Sara Shah, and Tom Watson on the North Oaks City Council.  We are all excited to listen to what you want to share about our community.   Please reach out and fill me in on any questions, concerns, or other feedback (positive or negative) you have.  I take my appointment seriously, and am excited to represent you, the Citizen, to the best of my ability.   My new contact email at the City is: rdujmovic@northoaksmn.gov

Cheers to a Wonderful New Year!

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"Yesterday I really wanted tacos.  Now I'm eating tacos.  Follow your dreams."   

Season's Greetings!

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And we are blessed yet again with a White Christmas! It wasn’t looking likely, but just in the nick of time we are again blanketed in snow!   All you skiers out there have big smiles on your faces today!   Aren’t we fortunate to have these marvelous trails to ski and snowshoe and hike? 😊   While many reflect on the challenges and difficulties of 2020, this year also reminded us of how precious we are to each other.   We mourn those that we lost, we look forward to seeing loved ones again when possible, and we long for human contact which at one point was “normal.”   For those of us who adapted to a new work environment, you probably have gotten pretty used to it by now, but as I talk to friends, we, almost to a person declare that, “…we miss the people.”   How true. The camaraderie of being part of something bigger than you individually, the synergy and progress we can create together as a team when focused on a mission, the joy in watching someone mature in confidence and abili

"There is a love of wild nature in everybody." -John Muir

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From our family to yours ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Veterans, and All Who Sacrifice with Them

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                                                                   Because coming home feels really good... As I have gotten to know more and more neighbors throughout North Oaks, I have run into many Veterans, and I love that 😊.  It is an odd, but deep kinship. About 1% of the National adult population served in the Military.  While I, as a former Navigator and Flight Commander in the Air Force, seemingly have very little in common with a Company Commander in the Army, a Submarine Captain in the Navy, a Marine Sergeant Major, or Boatswain’s Mate in our Coast Guard, we share an experience base and call to service that transcends any of those peripheral details. Like many careers, military service is a calling, an opportunity to reach and impact others, most of whom you will never know… To those military members, thank you for your service, we are indebted to you and those of your lineage who made the sacrifices so we could be afforded the opportunity to live in these United States o

Better for the Experience

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While I have done a lot of different things in my life, I had never run for an office before 2020.  Wow, what a ride?!  It was an amazing experience, and I really enjoyed getting to know more of you and listening to your thoughts on our community.  I learned a lot from you, and thank you for your support and engagement. To my best friend, and wife, Lisa…  you stepped up for me yet again (I’m losing track now) and were the best Campaign Chairwoman I could ever have imagined! I am so fortunate to get to share this life with you!  Thank you!  To my friends and family who supported me…  THANK YOU!  I am blessed to be surrounded by such superb folks. You strengthened me and encouraged me so much over the course of these last few years, motivating me to do the research and be a voice for many in our community. You stood by me over the past few years, and I am forever indebted to you for that.   North Oaks is an amazing place, and we are all so blessed to live here.   As I reflect on the ca

Election Day is Here

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Friends, Thank you again to all of you for your support and encouragement along this journey!   I could not have imagined all that we would have experienced together over these last 2 years, and especially these last few months of election prep.   While I was tempted, multiple times, to respond to rumors and writings which were mischaracterizations of “our group” and of me personally, I refrained, and hoped that my character, my verbal remarks, my written Letters to the Editor, and your sharing of your experiences with me would help people make informed voting decisions.   I thank those of you who shared with others who I am.   This has been an odd election year, I wish I was able to have visited with more of you, but I enjoyed the interactions we did have.   I am proud of the campaign we have run. Win or lose, I feel we gave the voters a sense for what they can expect from me as a City Council member. I will do my best to represent you- the residents of North Oaks- and nobody els

Thank you for your support along this journey... Together, let's finish strong.

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  Hey Everyone– Less than 2 weeks before the election (What can I say? = I’m glad for that!).  Thanks to all of you who have cast your votes, and to those who will do so on the 3rd day of November– we are blessed to live in a country that allows us that right.  There are some great candidates out there, and I wish those candidates the best.  I’m someone who has always enjoyed following politics, but never much cared for becoming involved in the “muddiness” of it.  If you elect me, you will not be electing a politician, but just a regular guy who wants to have a regular life in an extraordinary place.  I’m also not running as part of some lifelong dream or to check a box on my resume.  I’m simply running because our City is in need of some solid leadership, and that is something I can offer you as a person who's practiced it for the better part of his life.  I can bring you an experience and business acumen from an executive who has been involved in most every aspect of a Fortune 50

From Lisa: Happy Birthday, Rich!!

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Hope it's okay if the wife of the candidate does the post today... I wanted to give Rich a little shout-out to celebrate his 50th. 😀  As I sat down just now to type it out, I remembered a tribute I had written about him a few years back (to a group of friends and family who had been praying me through cancer treatments).  The best way I found to get through chemo was to dedicate each round of it to different groups of people who were an important part of my life (high school friends, college friends, neighbors, Air Force friends, sports' friends, church friends, parents, kids, etc...).  I knew I was taking the chemo to stay alive for them.  This round had been dedicated to Rich, and these were my thoughts on my best friend (copy and pasted from that June 2017 email):      So, I'm positive that there may be a missing Beatitude (or perhaps a lost Proverb?) that states, "Blessed is the woman who marries Richie Dujmovic."  I'm guessing a Biblical scholar or some

Happy Sweetest Day October 17th!

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  If you're looking for something super fun to do Saturday, you can bring your sweetheart to the Candidate Meet and Greet! 😀 West Rec Center 10:00-11:30am,  Wilkinson Pavilion Noon-1:00pm,  East Rec Center 1:30-3:00pm 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗 I have been particularly blessed for 31 Sweetest Days to enjoy them with my best friend and High School Sweetheart, Lisa!  Lisa has always stood by me, through many Air Force deployments and work trips, supporting our family while teaching, volunteering, and helping others.  Lisa is warm, kind, and loves celebrating others.  She is quick to laugh and has a smile that makes everyone else join in.  Her beautiful blue eyes still make my heart skip a beat.  Make sure you tell your loved ones just how special they are to you this Sweetest Day and give them a big hug to prove it! Be well, Rich

We the People

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  I hope you have all had a great week! As a follow on to the earlier post on the Constitution, I was reflecting on that document’s first 3 words…   We the People.  “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” “We the People” is distinctly different than “I the King” or “We the land owners” or “We the nation’s richest… or smartest… or we the elected… or most popular."   It is simple, and readers at the time definitely caught the meaning…   the power in this new governmental construct was to belong to the people.   Leaders were accountable to the people, not vice versa.   It is in such a government that I wish to serve.   I am not running to expand a resume or to achieve some lifelong ambition, I a

A Great Place to Put Down Roots...Just Ask the Oaks!

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In the corporate world, we have a multitude of metrics we monitor. At the City level, there are surveys and elections and community characteristics we monitor as well. It might be hard to believe, but on a percentage basis, North Oaks, over the last decade, grew its population at twice the percentage of growth rates in Shoreview, Arden Hills, and Vadnais Heights. Folks want to live here.  When the housing options are there, and consumers have a sense for stability and appreciation potential, people want in. There is no place like North Oaks. You couldn't build something like it today...  You literally had to start 137 years ago! It is supply and demand.  Careful, thoughtful, planned development, in line with demand drives up home values, and grows the community in a manner that benefits all.  Louis W. Hill Jr. understood this.  In Three Bold Ventures , the remarkable book written by Joan Brainard and Dick Leonard, an appendix captures the number of new housing permits every year fr

October: Celebrating Survivors and Remembering Brave Warriors

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I want to take a moment here as we enter October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to remember and celebrate the lives of those warriors who have fallen in battle against this menacing disease, and also to rejoice with those who have faced down this horrible giant and beat it back.  Unfortunately, many of us have dealt with this disease in a personal way, as the patient, a spouse, a friend, a child, a parent, a sibling…  The courage, strength, faith, and sheer will fueling those who tackle this disease is so inspiring.  Cancer is absolutely scary… and the treatments aggressive and terrifying in their own right.  To those who have been there, I salute you.  I don’t know how you feel, but my best friend does, and, from what I've learned watching her, you are amazing, you are strong, you are brave, you are a warrior.  You have been through the worst this world can throw at you and you have come through, and when you do, more often than not, you reach out to a sister, a friend, a complet

Teamwork

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  “Individually, we are a drop.  Together, we are an ocean.” -Ryunosuke Satoro      A student of Leadership from a young age, I immersed myself in reading about and gathering leadership experience.   I elected to attend The Air Force Academy, in part, to further build those skills.   Initially, I was focused on the leader, that individual to whom others looked… what I quickly came to understand, before I was even 20-years-old, is that leadership is not at all about the individual, it is about the richness of the bond between leader and team.        After a good 30+ years studying and practicing leadership, I have learned that teamwork is the element of leadership I enjoy most and where my teams and I have experienced the greatest successes.        Many books and movies would have you believe that a leader’s greatest contributions to a team are brilliant ideas, exceptional skills, an unquenchable spirit or sheer force of will…   yet what I have found to be most important in leader

A Milestone for the Country, A Pioneering Leader for North Oaks

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  I took the opportunity tonight, when making my opening comments at the League of Women Voters' Forum, to recognize a significant historical milestone for our country, and its personal impact on us within North Oaks.  Thought you might like to take a read (note, each candidate was only allowed one minute for opening and closing comments, so the comments are quite concise): Greetings, Thank you to the League for hosting this forum.  101 years ago, there was a voiceless majority of Americans... their interests in government affairs were not represented.... in fact, they weren’t even known such that they could be represented… nobody was listening... and that was only 100 years ago. Beloved resident, Joan Brainard, North Oaks historian, leader, and founder of the North Oaks News, was five-years-old when the 19 th  Amendment was passed and women earned the right to vote. Regrettably, in 2020, North Oaks has regressed; there are forces who have recently put restrictions on the Freedo

Happy Constitution Day!

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  Today is Constitution Day, a day that often goes by without thinking much about it at all.  Strange thing that Constitution…  it literally (along with its companion document, The Bill of Rights) secured us the very construct and rights that make America what it is, yet we rarely take a moment to consider just how central it is to our daily existence. Most of us have been fortunate enough never to have experienced a world where the protections afforded us by these critical documents are absent.   Talking with people who do have those experiences is eye-opening and gratefulness-instilling. On September 17, 1787, The Constitution was signed…   and, in a way, it was just the beginning. Tremendous debate continued through the final day of The Constitutional Convention… with three delegates, including George Mason, refusing to sign The Constitution because it lacked a Bill of Rights to secure key freedoms central to our then young National identity. That principled stand by Mason a

If only dogs could run for office...

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  We could probably take ourselves less seriously... ...and it would mostly be about looking for bacon and turkey scraps.

Hello friends!

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Hey everyone, Rich here, hope you are well.  Welcome to the site- I appreciate your stopping by!  Thanks for considering me with your vote and for any advocacy you would like to do within your circle of friends.  I’m running because I have tremendous admiration for the community that the Founding Mothers and Fathers of North Oaks have built. It is not easy to maintain uniqueness these days, with everyone chasing trends, but over decades the exceptionality of North Oaks has been preserved. It is now our turn to write the next chapter in this history of North Oaks. Our community has been a natural, quiet, and peaceful harbor in a too often fast-paced, loud, and stress-filled world.  I will do my best to preserve the legacy of North Oaks, while partnering with you to define a bright future. I want to serve in government because we need healing in our community. In order to harness all the talents and abilities found within North Oaks, we need to treat each other with respect and we nee