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Our Executive Director and Board of Directors are here to assist you with both long-term or emergency solutions and services to help those in need regain their footing.
Executive Director | Mike Zimmer


Current Board of Directors
  • Josh Wolla, President                                                                                                                                                  

  • Kara Vetter, Treasurer                                                 

  • Jennifer Weigel, Secretary 

  • James Jimenez      

  • Monica Olson                                                    


Mike Zimmer has been the Executive Director of the Minot Area Men's Winter Refuge since February of 2015. He brought a wealth of administrative and managerial experience to his position at the Men's Winter Refuge.


Under Mike's guidance, the Men's Winter Refuge has provided shelter, food, clothing, transportation, basic nursing care, employment assistance and housing assistance to more than 1,300 homeless men and has helped more than 2,500 others in need through homeless prevention services.

A native of Glendive, Montana, Mike has resided in Minot since April of 2014. Prior to coming to the Men's Winter Refuge, Mike had a 25-year career in the newspaper industry as a sports editor and sports writer.

Mike studied Communications at Lake Region College and Dickinson State University and worked at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Prior to coming to Minot, Mike was the sports editor at The Billings Gazette from December 1998 to April 2014.

Mike has three children, Corissa, Jacob and Luke, and two amazing grandsons, Dayce and Dutton :)


Mike is the son of the late Ken and Mary Zimmer of Glendive, Mont.

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