Mayor and Council

St. Charles operates under a charter form of government with citizens electing a mayor and four council members to set policy for the City. Council members serve terms of four years, with two members being elected every two years. The mayor is elected every two years. The mayor and council are elected on a non-partisan basis.

The City Council believes that its people, not leaders, are what makes a City great and actively works to encourage citizen participation in the decision-making process. Whether it is through meetings, advisory boards and committees, telephone calls and letters, or e-mail, the City Council sets policies based on the input and needs of its citizens. The City Charter is St. Charles' constitution outlining the powers of local government. City Council ordinances are compiled in the City Code Book.

City Council meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers in the City Hall building. Meetings are open to the public.

City Councilmember’s include:

Mayor John Schaber



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Councilmember Dave Braun

Dave Braun has lived in St. Charles for 46 years. He serves as a Senior Laboratory Specialist in the Electrical Packaging Lab at IBM. Dave has been employed with IBM for over 30 years.

He and his wife Paula (Kruempel) Braun have been married for twenty six years. Paula is an elementary school teacher in the Dover-Eyota School District. They have four children. A.J., Shane, Cody, and David-Ty.

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Councilmember Wayne Getz

Wayne and his wife Marilyn moved to St. Charles in 1998. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Wayne grew up on a farm in South Dakota and graduated from High School in Mitchell. He attended Dakota State and Dakota Wesleyan Universities.

Wayne is the Public Works Director for the City of Altura. He has been a member of the St. Charles American Legion Post #190 for 36 years; and serves as a Eucharistic minister for the St. Charles Borremeo Church. He has served for 27 years with the MN Army National Guards, is certified with the MN Department of Health and carries a MN engineer license.

Wayne spends his free time with his wife, Marilyn and their family. Together they enjoy boating, fishing, hunting, dirt track racing, and shopping.

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Councilmember Orven Dahl

Orv and his wife Janell (Fix) moved to St. Charles in 1982. They have two sons Nathan and Nic, three grandsons Cameron, Evan and Preston.

Orv grew up in the Eyota area and graduated from Dover-Eyota High School. He then attended Rochester Community College in Rochester.

Orv worked at Herff Jones in Lewiston for 31 years until their announcement that they were closing the lab and moving the work to North Carolina. He is currently working in Utica for Whitewater Milling. He is a member of the Dover United Methodist Church and the Moose Lodge in St. Charles. He was an assistant wrestling coach at both Dover-Eyota and St. Charles High Schools for 28 years before deciding to be a wrestling official.

Orv loves to hunt, and fish (especially in Canada), spend time with his family and friends.

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Councilmember David Kramer





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