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Retiring Dayton mayor looks back on service

November 22, 2013
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By CITIZEN STAFF 

DAYTON – After four years on the city council and six as mayor, Dee Virile Christensen is turning the reins of leadership over to someone else, come January.

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The 73-year-old is part of a diminishing number in Franklin County who still operate a dairy farm. He plans to concentrate his energy on that endeavor, with the help of sons Mike and Joe.

And, of course, his wife Elizabeth, has always been a steadying influence, helping around the dairy, keeping the home going and fulfilling the role of mother to nine living children.

Dee Virile Christensen feeds his dairy cows on Friday morning. The 73-year old is turning the reins of being Dayton’s mayor over to Aaron Beutler come January.

Dee Virile Christensen feeds his dairy cows on Friday morning. The 73-year old is turning the reins of being Dayton’s mayor over to Aaron Beutler come January.

Of his city service, Christensen said he decided to run for council in 2003, having retired that year after working 29 years at Agrium in Soda Springs. Retirement meant he no longer had the commute and time away from Dayton, meaning he could devote more time to the affairs of his hometown.

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