One election day, Robin Glaser, Two Harbors City Council president, was brimming with anticipation. She knew if Jackie Rennwald was elected to the at-large position, it would be the first time in Two Harbors' history that three women have sat on the council at the same time.

"I was over the top on election day," Glaser said. "I didn't want to jinx anything, but I knew it would be the first time to have three women on the council. As someone who was the lone woman on the council for most of my early years, it was pretty exciting."

Glaser was the second woman elected to the Two Harbors City Council when she was first elected in 1993. She was the first female mayor when she served from 2000-08. Now, with the swearing in of Rennwald, Glaser is one of three female councilors.

"I think it's pretty neat because it puts the city of Two Harbors right alongside what happened in the national elections," Glaser said. "We saw more women, more minorities, more of everyone elected to congress during this last cycle, so it's pretty cool to have this happen here, too."

The three councilors are excited to have each other to lean on. Councilor Cathy Erickson said she depended upon Glaser's wisdom during her first term, when the two councilors were elected at the same time in 2012.

"We knew of each other before the election, but didn't really know each other," Erickson said. "That first night, I'm pretty sure I said, 'I'm going to have to call you a lot because I'm brand-new to this.' And you were just like, 'Hey, you've got it, girlfriend.' And you've just been so inspirational to me because you provide that history and you know the process."

Councilor Rennwald hopes to reach out to both women for mentorship.

"I know, even though I've lived here for 18 years and know a bit about city politics, I'm already starting to see that I've just scratched the surface with this job," Rennwald said. "There's so much more depth to it and I'm grateful I have amazing people to guide me."

What have Glaser and Erickson learned from years on the job?

"Patience. Nothing in politics goes fast," Glaser said. "And one of the most important things I've learned is to vote on my heart and gut because I know when I do that I'll be able to look in the mirror and be OK with how I voted."

For Erickson, the most important lesson has been to listen to her constituents, fellow counselors and city staff.

"For me, it's really been a great learning experience to really listen, especially on the topics and areas that I'm not well-versed in," Erickson said. "For example, the wastewater treatment facility. All those details about that project are not in my wheelhouse, and I'm so grateful for the councilors who do sit on the committee and can share the full story."

Glaser retorted that she feels exactly the same way whenever any issue involving city finance arises. Erickson is known on the council for her financial acumen due to her various jobs in finance.

"That's what's so great about having a council with a wide diversity of backgrounds," Erickson said. "All of us, here and the rest on the council, bring different professions, experiences and points of view to the table. And that helps us move in the right directions."