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Please take a look at my newest Mayor’s summer, 2018 Newsletter for the city of Oak Grove, MN.

Please take a look at my newest Mayor’s spring, 2018 Newsletter for the city of Oak Grove, MN. I try to convey my thoughts on leadership, values and issues that affect us all in some way throughout everyday life. Thanks for reading!!!
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They pulled me up from the deep when I jumped in.

Here are some pictures of Mayor Mark Korin and the Sheriffs posse at the Polar Plunge.


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This is my latest newsletter for the City of Oak Grove, MN. I wrote this LONG before the political caucus turnout disaster. Whether it’s volunteers for a city celebration or supporting political ideology or a great candidate it’s a major problem. No one, let me rephrase that, very few people in today’s culture change or alter their schedule to focus on a “cause” outside of their immediate personal view. “Times they are a changin”…… and people wonder why our candidates don’t inspire, that we have low turn outs and we have more “Let them do that” ideals……..

If it is such a great regional model, why after 50 years is still the only one in the country?

Look what was at the Oak Grove city council meeting!! Thanks goes out to Ron and Susan Herman for the fantastic birthday cake and All the ice cream from Council member Paul Tradewell!!!

Okay they did it to me again. They talked me into taking a leap of faith. It's for a good cause. Hopefully this time I come up alive. I joined the Anoka County Sheriff's posse. Please click on the image to donate. It all goes to a great cause for the Minnesota Special Olympics.

When I asked the residents to elect me to be their Mayor I made 3 major promises.
1. Run the city like a business.
2. Restructure and get the best operation I can for the lowest tax dollars.
3. Eliminate Met Councils reign of terror over our 2600 acres...

It's great when all my goals for my residents come true. Have a great 2018. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

After more than 10 years of hard work, 2017 ends on a high note in the city of Oak Grove for our residents. We got our city back!

This is what happens when a true conservative mayor along with 2 other city council members have a mission and stand for private sector values in government operations. The one video is our budget hearing the other is a discussion on what it took to get here over the past 8 years.

Four times a year I have an opportunity to share my thoughts on different topics as the Mayor for the city of Oak Grove, MN. This is the most recent Article for the Fall 2017 Oak Grove Newsletter! Have a GREAT DAY!

Some insights into the taxation process and why this lower taxation in Oak Grove is monumental to achieve!

Good afternoon Friends….. Anyone that tells you that a government operation can’t be run like a private sector business is WRONG!!! Real conservative leadership and a strong commitment from our ENTIRE City staff is showing that it does work and works VERY WELL!! It’s great when a 7 year plan can continue on! LOOK AT THE 2018 CHART! We, In Oak Grove, Minnesota are AGAIN THE LOWEST TAXED CITY IN ANOKA COUNTY, MINNESOTA!!! Our fifth year of ZERO Percent levy increases to our residents!!!! More to come!!!

Oak Grove Acorn Day Photos

Oak Grove Acorn Day Videos

  1. Started early with a drive to the Oak Grove, Minnesota, Acorn Day festival ! MORE TO COME!
  2. What a nice drive!
  3. A first !!!! Anoka County Sheriff's department drone demonstration!!!
  4. This was the start to the Acorn day festival!
  5. This is the beginning of at least a dozen hay wagon rides!
  6. The last wagon ride.... 2017City of Oak Grove, MN. Acorn day festival

I was very humbled and honored to welcome Builders first Source into their new manufacturing plant!!! Yes , I’m the one with the BIG scissors… and they are sharp!!! Welcome to Oak Grove, MN!!!!!

We won! We won a significant battle for the residents of 2,200 acres of the southeastern portion of our city and to be honest, all of Minnesota. We stood up against an outrageous mandate that essentially took the developments right away from those citizens.

After more than 10 years of standing up against the out of touch, appointed (NON-ELECTED) Met Council through legislative action WE GOT OUR CITY BACK!!!!! Working diligently on the elimination of the HIGH DENSITY MANDATE ON 2,200 acres of my residents was completely unacceptable…… It’s wonderful when we have special legislators, House Speaker, Representative Kurt Daudt, Representative Cal Bahr, and Senator Michelle Benson spearheading our bills through the legislative process… Without their drive and the entire committee’s efforts the Met Council would still be dictating unreasonable mandates on my residents….. From the deepest part of my heart, Thanks so much for making this happen for my city legislators!!!!!!
Here is the Star Tribune article and the audio from the interview, please tell other city officials that it IS possible to stand up against the Met Council!!

It’s obvious to the most casual observer that the children are the future of this country. The residents of the City of Oak Grove, MN would not allow me to continue as Mayor if I announced that we are going to raise everyone’s city taxes 10 percent, we have ideas where we may want to spend it, but once we take the money, (from you) we’ll figure out where it will go. Why is it that more and more parents are homeschooling or sending their kids to private school and yet pay and pay and now asked to pay more for public school education for 20 years? Do you think there will never be another public school tax increase? No more school referendums? When is someone going to ask the important questions, like, what happened to the money we already gave you? HOW MUCH MONEY IS ACTUALLY GOING DIRECTLY INTO THE CLASSROOM? Please listen to the full interview I gave to the reporter from the Star and Tribune. Thanks!

"You should never be satisfied with success, you should never be discouraged by failure, failure can be sad, but the greatest sadness is not to try and fail, but failing to try."

Mayor Mark Korin fighting met council article by Andrew Richter of Community Solutions MN.

The real question that everyone needs to ask.... Is the Met Council planning for regional growth or doubling down and forcing Oak Grove residents to pay for an extremely bad, costly investment of the failed East Bethel sewer system? Local ELECTED officials standing up for residents rights!!!!

It's important that we as leaders stand up and defend our residents property rights against unreasonable mandates from the unelected Met Council. This was at my last city council meeting. Please share and support dismantling the Met Council.

Here is the 2017 State Of The Cities - Chamber Luncheon video from QCTV. To see my part go to 73:24.

Had a great conversation on saturday with Sue Jeffers on the Sue Jeffers show on Twin Cities News Talk. Part 1.

Conversation with Sue Jeffers part 2.

This is how our representative stays in touch.

You wouldn't believe who called me during a city council meeting...

Jeff does a great job explaining the Met Council Cartel... Their out of touch, Extremely poor planning, wasteful misguided vision is catastrophic for this state which completely disregards my Mayoral and our City Council leadership , our residents property rights and ALL planning for our city of Oak Grove, MN. I am on a mission to GET MY CITY BACK FROM THE MET COUNCIL'S TYRANNICAL OVERREACHING CONTROL...

Do you like getting told, by a nonelected board that we, elected officials do not have the right, by their interpretation, of a Minnesota statute, 473.857 to ask or question the REASONABLENESS of their planning????? This is lunacy that the Minnesota Cartel, known as the Met Council is above asking or listening to the leaders that are defending residents rights!!!! I need help to spread the word…. IMMEADIATLY CHANGE OR ELIMINATE Minnesota Statute 473.857!!!

View Letter Here


On Sunday May 8th 2011, (mothers day) the Minneapolis Star and Tribune "crafted" an article to fit their "whistle blower" section trying to demonize my actions of volunteering after the City of Oak Grove, MN was left without a City Administrator. This story is simple, my name is Mark Korin and I was elected Mayor in 2010, and at the same time our City administrator quit. Knowing that the new City Council had a strong conservative direction and was looking for ways to restructure, cut costs and identify actual staffing requirements, what better way to get a first hand look but to immerse myself into daily operations as the City Administrator and report back to the entire City Council with suggestions of how private sector business values of management, staffing, budgeting and operations would allow us as council to restructure in a more cost efficient way while planning long term and still get the most value for our residents.

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Friends and ALL Minnesotans, The Met council has overstepped its bounds and “Planning” for the “Possibility”, Maybe, Could be, sort of, for the years 2045 and beyond, today!!!! They are taking my residents property rights away and your rights across Minnesota…. This unelected group has usurped state and local leaderships voice. The attached letter I wrote in 2013 and was my objection to the Met Councils 2040 year estimated planning process…. WHICH I RECEIVED NO RESPONSE OR COMMENTS ON…. THEY ARE NOT LISTENING AND ARE DEFT TO ALL LEADERSHIPS CONCERNS!!!!
This is a big problem and effects land owners, elected officials of BOTH party’s across the 7 county metro area. Please share and stand up against ANY efforts that allow this Cartel to dictate to elected officials!

View Letter Here

Good morning friends and fellow Minnesotans. I'm just getting started!! Please read and share this document to every person you know. This is my letter to the Metropolitan Council outlining unjust taking of our residence property through an overbearing and out of touch non elected bureaucratic government organization.

View Letter Here

Well, WE DID IT!!!!! Oak Grove, Minnesota is OFFICIALLY the LOWEST TAXED CITY IN ALL OF ANOKA COUNTY!!!! As Mayor, I'm very proud to have helped lead the city through restructuring allowing a total of 33.5% reductions and put us on a path for 0% levy increases and keeping that goal now for the last 3 years... Since I took office, the City Council a I took the city from 9th highest taxed city to the lowest in 5 years!! A special thank you for the hard work from Council Members Scott Lawrence and Dan Denno and for the acceptance of the city staff guided by our City Administrator, Rick Juba

In a campaign I ran for Republican endorsement, I started my speech with " The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, with the same people, and expecting different results".... I thought about one statement I left out.... "and lack of true leadership"... The Republicans, Independents and Conservative Demacrats have to get back to the foundation of what and why this country has a government. The values that the Tea Party (MOVEMENT) brings to light is a core foundation of what makes this country great! Sarah Palin is right, leadership built on a swampy foundation will sink, settle and never be stable... Are there people on our side of the conservative fence that have a problem with what our founding fathers did during the first tea party revolt against the British over a 2% increase in taxes ???? What are they afraid of, that the truth will come out? And, I find it strange that the organization that's supposed to stand up for the conservative voices, (Republican leaders), are siding with the progressives and distancing themselves.... Something's wrong in OZ, Toto.

Now this is a GREAT SPEECH from a great conservative president.... I love his command of the spoken word and his sincere passion.... Just wonderful!!!

Big Tax Cuts for Small City in Anoka County - KSTP TV

This video is from 2011. It was 18% in 2011 now it totals almost 34% which equals $1.2 million a year in savings to the residents of Oak Grove, by restricting government operations like we are forced to do in business.
- Mayor Mark Korin