Wroge honored, city council members sworn in

The Richfield City Council honored former council member Fred Wroge on Tuesday, Jan. 8, for his eight years of service on the council. Wroge said he did not regret his decision to serve and urged others to strive for the position.

“I’m glad I did it,” he said. “It was a learning experience and I think everyone should give it a try if they can get there.”

Wroge noted his pride in several new features that came to the city during his tenure. Those include a new municipal center and a new public works facility and several new or redeveloped businesses.

Among the notable business developments of Wroge’s tenure was the two story Menards that replaced the store’s old structure off Interstate 494, set to open early this year. Last fall, LA Fitness became the first tenant of the new Lyndale Commons commercial development at West 66th Street and Nicollet Avenue, Wroge mentioned. He has also taken pride that an O’Reilly Auto Parts store is on the way to a location on East 66th Street.

Edwina Garcia took Wroge’s place as the council member for Ward 2, being sworn in by City Clerk Nancy Gibbs. Garcia defeated David Buzicky for the open seat in November, and has experience in the Minnesota House of Representatives and on the Richfield city council.

Two other council members were sworn in during the council meeting. Both Tom Fitzhenry, representing Ward 3, and Pat Elliott of Ward 1, took the earth. They are beginning their second terms on the council. Each ran unopposed for reelection.