2017 Oakdale volunteer of the year honored at city council meeting

Jodi Christensen

The Oakdale City Council recently named lifelong Oakdale resident Jodi Christensen as the city’s volunteer of 2017. In December, council members presented her the award at a commission appreciation dinner, which was followed by recognition at the Jan. 9 city council meeting.

“In her work as a volunteer Jodi helps organize an annual prayer breakfast held in honor of area veterans, spearheads the very successful Oakdale [Area] Business Showcase and participates in the annual community picnic,” said council member Lori Pulkrabek who was standing in for Mayor Paul Reinke at the meeting. “Most importantly Jodi is an advocate for the Oakdale community by serving as a volunteer in a number of ways.”

Christensen grew up in Oakdale, graduated from Tartan High School and became an active member of the community. Since 1982, she worked at Lake Elmo Bank and is now the Oakdale branch manager. She is a longtime member of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce, and is the only woman to have served as president of the organization. 

“I love this community and when I was lucky enough to be a part of the chamber, at that time it was the business organization, I had no idea that it would grow as it has, and that I’d play such a key role in being a part of such a great organization,” Christensen said.

Christensen also serves as vice chair on the city’s economic development commission. 

Christensen said she was shocked when she was initially presented the award. “I work and live in a great place, so thank you all very much. I’m extremely honored.”


—Aundrea Kinney

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