Council Member La Rae Mills began serving on the Cottage Grove City Council in 2017, after being elected in November of 2016. Before that, she served the community as an Arts Commissioner, starting in 2015.
As a musician herself and former music teacher, Council Member Mills has always been an avid supporter of the arts. She still serves with the Arts Commission, but now as the Council Liaison. Council Member Mills also serves as the City Council’s Liaison to the Strawberry Fest Committee, Red Rock Corridor Commission, and Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission.
Besides her past work as a music teacher, Council Member Mills has also been the owner of her own small business, A Sharp Music Studios. All of this experience has led her to where she is today, working as a Health Insurance Broker and a Broker Account Manager for LeClair Group.
Council Member Mills earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Sioux Falls and Master of Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary. She has been a Cottage Grove resident for 16 years and is the mother to her wonderful teenage daughter.