2019 Parade Grand Marshal – Paul Dolan
This year the Potato Bowl Parade Grand Marshal is Paul Dolan from Grafton, ND.
Paul retired last December after managing the Associated Potato Growers (APGI) for the past 25 years. APGI is by far the largest fresh shipping operation in the Red River Valley with plants in Grand Forks, Grafton and Drayton. Those plants are supplied by approximately 30 red and yellow potato growers representing 17 farming operations.
Paul was a well respected leader among the 15 fresh shippers in the Red River Valley. Bringing together competitors for the good of all was not always easy, but Paul was up to the task. Paul misses the potato business, something he was a part of nearly his entire life…and of course all those people he was involved with over his long professional career. But Paul is also enjoying retirement. You can bet Paul is spending more time doing the things he loves like traveling, camping, catching a Vikings or Twins game or two, and of course playing golf! Paul is also spending more time with family…his wife for the past 44 years, Barbara, their kids Jeff and Kerry and their families which includes five grandchildren.