Leo Vetter is a lifelong Bismarck resident. He attended Bismarck High School and went on to study at Bismarck Junior College, Northern Arizona University, and Mary College. After competing in college track and field at the national level, while simultaneously working alongside his father in the family business, Vetter and Sons Drywall, he graduated with degrees in accounting and business.
He worked for the North Dakota Auditors Office for a number of years before starting a home building business with his wife, Diane, in 1986. Leo and Diane still operate Vetter Homes Inc. today, along with his brother, Don, and their daughter, Natalie.
Through 30+ years of residential and commercial construction, Leo has worked with County officials and staff, as well as hundreds of different subcontractors and vendors from around the state — earning a reputation as a top-tier business person and someone you can trust.
Leo’s years of involved with numerous organizations include:
-President, Heart Butte Association, Lake Tschida-
An active member since 1997, Leo serves as the current President and a lead member of the team of trailer cabin owners who works with our congressional delegations, officials at the Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, and local organizations on permitting, siting locations, and seasonal requirements for the owner’s association.
After nearly a decade of work, Leo and the team were able to work with Senator John Hoeven to pass legislation that gave the right to stay at Lake Tschida back to trailer cabin owners. Read more about the conclusion of this effort here.
-Past Member, Missouri Valley Fair Board-
As a member of the Board of Directors, Leo worked with fellow Directors and community leaders to shape the policy of the Fairgrounds, which today houses rodeo facilities, an indoor 4-H facility, community gardens, an recreational OHV area, and the state’s top motocross track.
-Past President, Bismarck Trail & Motorcycle Club-
Leo re-established the current location of the Bismarck Motocross track at the Missouri Valley Fairgrounds by working with county officials and the Missouri Valley Fair Board on the annual lease agreement to allow families from around the state to enjoy the Burleigh County facility. He also ran all administration for the community motorcycle club, growing organization income and participation.
-Bismarck High School Track & Field-
Through the years, Leo has also enjoyed giving back as a volunteer, helping young track athletes improve, especially in distance disciplines, as well as hurdles and sprint relays, which he competed in at a national collegiate level.
-Annual Member of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
-Bismarck Hockey Booster Member
-Member of the Missouri River Adult Hockey League
-Bismarck Elks Member Lodge 1199 Member
Through his years of involvement in all levels of organizations, Leo has worked through difficult situations, complex issues, and problems that had to be solved, with an eye for what’s best for all involved.
When the right decisions were the hardest ones to make, Leo has a track record of making the right call.
Leo will bring the same, objective view and real world experience to help the Burleigh County Commission continue to make the Bismarck Area a community people want to call home.
(I’d like to insert some kind of image of Leo in a group/Lake Tschida meeting situation here. Higher up if it’s a delegation image)