|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1936|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 2009|
North Dakota, USA
NEW TOWN Clare H. Aubol, the mayor of the City of New Town, died Monday. He was 73.
Aubol was elected mayor of New Town in 1990 and held that position since. He served on the New Town City Council before becoming mayor.
He was an active Democrat and served in the North Dakota Legislature. In 1973, Gov. Art Link appointed Aubol registrar of the state's Motor Vehicle Department, a position he held for several years.
He also operated a farm implement and auto dealership in New Town.
"He understood government and how it was supposed to work and do things. That's one of the things I learned from him government meant for the people and not for anybody else for self-being but to take care of the city government," said Warren Bratvold, who was New Town city auditor for 19 years, from 1981 to 2000.
"He had his principles," Bratvold said. He said if someone needed to be corrected that Aubol was never afraid to do it, did it quickly and then went on with business.
He said Aubol, as the mayor, took the city through various projects including street projects and in later years the water main replacement.
On a more personal note, Bratvold said, "Back in 1966 he introduced me to my wife." Bratvold had gotten out of the service and Aubol introduced him to the school teacher who became Bratvold's wife.
"He was a good representative of the town," Bratvold added.
"The mayor was progressive and positive in working for the betterment of New Town and the tribal membership of the Three Affiliated Tribes," said Marcus D. Levings, tribal chairman.
"On specific initiatives, the working relationship between the mayor and the tribal business council was for the improved delivery of services to the Dakota Drive and Northern Lights subdivisions within the New Town city limits.
The tribes' thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mayor Aubol," Levings said.
Aubol served on a number of boards and with organizations, including currently serving on the board of the Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative. He was just reelected to a third term on that board. He became a board member June 13, 2002, and currently was its secretary.
"He was excellent," said Dale Haugen, Williston, general manager of Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative. "Clare was so cooperative minded and always concerned about his community of New Town and what was happening in recreation and the community side. What a pleasant, positive attitude. Clare was just outstanding."
"He always gave attention to whatever the cooperative had and willing to give the time. He was always there and dependable," Haugen said.
As a side note, Haugen said, "He was in the first graduating class in New Town. He loved to talk about that not only the class but the first graduate because of his name."
Aubol knew and had a good understanding of the history of the area an area in which because of the construction of the Garrison Dam the towns of Sanish and Van Hook created a new community New Town.
In a story in The Minot Daily News' Hometown magazine published this past September, Aubol said the flooding of Lake Sakakawea was an exciting time, but it was also a time of sadness due to all the misplaced people. He said people were affected by it when they had to leave their old hometowns, farms and such.
His funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church in New Town. Langhans Funeral Home, New Town, is in charge of arrangements.
Marius Hjalmer Aubol (1898 - 1989)
Irene Lenora Estenson Aubol (1908 - 2004)
Sunset Memorial Gardens
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Nancy Stout
Record added: Sep 02, 2012
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