Advisory Committee on Aging

Arrowhead AAA receives federal Older Americans Act funding (and other grants and contracts) from the Minnesota Board on Aging. The Older Americans Act gives a strong role to advisory councils. This function is carried out by the ARDC Advisory Committee on Aging. The role of the Committee is to

Represent the views of older adults

Conduct public hearings

Review local proposals for funding under the Older Americans Act

Review and comment on policy

      Advise and assist AAAA staff in planning

2018 Advisory Committee on Aging

Harry Grinage, Chair

Itasca County

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Kristin Parendo, Co-chair

Carlton County

Thomas Barratt, 

St. Louis County

Cheryl Blue

St. Louis County

Christine Johnson

Lake County

Charles Obije, Commission Rep.

St. Louis County

Sue Swendsen

Koochiching County

Darlene Collins

Itasca County


Lester Kachinske

Itasca County

Anne Varda

St. Louis County

Taylor Holm

Lake County

Bonnie Lentz

Aitkin County

Beth Swanson

Lake County

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Patty Winchell-Dahl

Grand Portage Tribal Counsel/

Cook County


By-laws require that the ARDC Advisory Committee on Aging have broad representation from senior consumers, senior advocacy groups, faith communities, volunteer organizations, educational institutions and county government, to name a few. One-half of the committee must be age 60+. Terms are for 3 years and members may serve two consecutive terms.


Meeting Location and Frequency

The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month in February, March, May, June, September and November. Meetings are held in Duluth at the office of the ARDC at 221 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802.


How to apply for membership?

Persons interested in serving on the Committee should complete an application for consideration.