East Grand Forks Superintendent finalist for Detroit Lakes job

Mike Kolness
Mike Kolness
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Mike Kolness, superintendent of East Grand Forks Public Schools, is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) school district.

The Detroit Lakes School Board is planning to interview the finalists Wednesday, Feb. 5, and announce a decision that same day.

The other finalists are Mark Jenson, of Cold Spring, Minn., and Donita Stepan, of Prescott, Wisc.

Chosen from the field of candidates for the Detroit Lakes superintendent position, six finalists were interviewed Saturday, Feb. 1.

Kolness, married and the father of four, has served as superintendent of East Grand Forks Public Schools since July 2016.


He was a finalist for the superintendent’s job in Bemidji in 2017 and was one of two finalists for that position in Fergus Falls, Minn., in 2018.

The current superintendent in Detroit Lakes, Doug Froke is leaving at the end of the school year.

The base salary for the superintendent position in Detroit Lakes for the 2019-20 school year is $152,000.

Kolness’ salary for this school year is $148,000, according to East Grand Forks school officials.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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