Paul M. Thiede is serving his fourth (non-concurrent) term on the Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners. Prior to his current office he served four terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. A graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, with a B.A. in communications, he and his wife, Dee, have raised their eight children in Jenkins Township of Crow Wing County where they have lived the past 35 years. A U.S. Air Force veteran and former newspaper owner/editor he has served on numerous boards, commissions and with many civic organizations. While serving on the national board of directors of a state legislators’ organization he was named one of ten Outstanding Legislators in America. His service in the state legislature also included being both an assistant majority leader and assistant minority leader. The bulk of his employment outside the political arena has been in sales and communications.