New neighbor looking for work, friends
November 30, 2012
Liljedahl and his wife, Rae Ann, spent the first
37 years of their life together in blustery
Minnesota, and moved to Bonners Ferry September
1, liking the idea of a milder climate where
they could still enjoy all four seasons as well
as beautiful scenery and friendly neighbors.
Even before they moved here, while on a visit in
August, Rae Ann found work at the Community
Restorium. The couple arrived with their U-Haul
on a Saturday and Rae Ann went to work Tuesday
morning doing a job she's come to love.
For either of them, it's not so much the pay,
but the chance to meet people and contribute.
Todd is still looking, but he's a little picky.
"I enjoy dealing with people from all walks of
life and would like to be part of a business
that values their customers above all else," he
said. "At this time in my life, I believe that
money is not as important as happiness."
For him, happiness means being in a place where
he can meet and chat with folks and watch them
go out with a smile on their face, knowing he
not only helped them, but that next time they
meet, it will be with a smile and a friendly
His professional background lends credence to
his strong belief that customers, and neighbors,
always come first. Rising through the ranks from
a clerk in a family-owned mercantile in Willow
River, Minnesota, in 1975 to a self-employed
business consultant and outside sales
representative for a number of Minnesota
businesses for several years before moving to
Bonners Ferry, he gained a deep appreciation
that cultivating customers as neighbors and
friends is the best way to go.
And it didn't stop there. Serving the community
was also of prime importance. For seven years,
he drove a school bus in Willow River. He
was also a volunteer firefighter and emergency
management director there and later a volunteer
firefighter for the Minnesota Department of
He served as a city councilman and mayor in his
hometown of Rutledge, Minnesota, was a 15-year
volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy
Association and more.
Instead of resting on his laurels, he said, he
still wants to contribute and be a contributing
member of his new community. You can read his
clicking here, and you can reach him by
calling (218) 590-9783 or by sending an email to
He'll appreciate it, and your customers will,
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