(East Grand Forks, MN) -- Lynn Stauss, who served as mayor for the city of East Grand Forks for 21 years is being remembered as a strong leader who was also caring and giving.
"Lynn had a way of connecting with people, one on one, or collectively to a group. He connected with people very well. He connected with them because he took a genuine interest in other people, and he connected with them because he was true to his word," said current East Grand Forks Mayor Steve Gander.
Gander has nothing but praise for Stauss, who died Sunday at the age of 77, after a long battle with chronic kidney disease. Stauss guided the city through the flood of '97 and then helped rebuild the city. He oversaw the distribution of money from the Angel Fund to flood victims, with the money coming from Joan Kroc, the widow of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's.
Stauss and his wife Marjorie have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Church in Grand Forks. Visitation is scheduled to begin at 9 AM.