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Bernhjelm appointed to vacant City Council seat

Katie Bernhjelm was sworn in as a member of the Farmington City Council on Monday, April 17, 2017 . Submitted photo

Katie Bernhjelm was appointed and sworn in as a member of the Farmington city council at Monday night's meeting.

Bernhjelm, a manager of marketing partnerships for the Minnesota Vikings, fills the seat vacated by first-term council member Tim Pitcher when he resigned on March 9.

Bernhelm was one of nine candidates who applied for the open city council seat. Mayor Todd Larson said Bernhjelm was the top pick after all candidates were interviewed last week.

"She had a lot of good ideas and new, fresh, exciting things she was talking about," Larson said. "It sparked an interest in all of us. We're excited to have her on board."

Bernhjelm, who grew up in Apple Valley and graduated from Eastview High School in 2005, has lived in Farmington with her husband, Will, since July.