Amber Bender applied and was recently appointed to the Frazee Planning Commission.
The 30-year-old Acorn Lake resident owns a real estate company, is married to Brad and they have two children: Anthony, 10 and Krysten, 7.
Her father, Rick Rasmussen, grew up in Frazee before moving to Moorhead to raise a family with his wife Diana.
“I grew up in Moorhead but moved to the area when my daughter started kindergarten,” Bender said. “We were living in a cabin about 25 miles from school, and as my daughter got older we realized that was too long of a distance to travel with all the sporting events every day. So, we found a home closer to town a few years ago.”
Bender said she was pleased when the home they found was in Frazee, as she recalled several visits she made with her father to the two-turkey town.
Since becoming a resident of Frazee, Bender reviewed her options for getting involved and opted to apply to join the planning commission.
The planning commission works with zoning issues and planning for city development, as well as approves building permits and interim use permits. Current members are: Ken Miosek, Dave Green and Karen Gray.
“I believe it is important to get involved in the community you live in,” Bender said. “I want to see the community grow again.”
What Bender brings to the table is years of real estate and business owner experience.
“I think understanding the housing market can be a huge bonus,” she said. “Many people are seeking affordable homes for first-time homebuyers, generally in the $100,000 range. I think Frazee has potential to be an asset to first-time homebuyers.”
“I also want to support the community I live in,” she said. “I’m not sure how to do that without getting involved.”
Bender is a member of the board of directors for the Lakes Country Association Realtors and volunteers with the school carnival held in Detroit Lakes as well as the WDAY Honor Flights.
Her realty business, Bender Realty, is currently run from her home but she is looking to relocate to Main Avenue in Frazee.
Bender began selling real estate five years ago, after learning about home ownership at the young age of 18.
“When I turned 19 I bought my second home and used the first home as an investment property,” she said. “After 10 years of property management I knew I loved the different roles of real estate and my husband was very supportive of starting a business.”
The two have been married almost 11 years and Brad works as an IT programmer for area hospitals.