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Candidates for county boards in west central Minn.

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The following races will be on the general election ballot on Nov. 6 in area counties.

Terms on county boards are typically four years, but some districts will be on the ballot for a two-year term because of redistricting.

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Chippewa County

The race for the District 1 seat attracted five candidates originally. Incumbent Kenneth Koenen, of Maynard, did not seek re-election after serving since 1992. Voters in the primary advanced Galen Rud, of Montevideo, and Matt Gilbertson, of Watson, to the general election ballot. Because of redistricting, the winner will serve a two-year term.

In District 2, Jonathan Frikke, of Clara City, will challenge incumbent Jeffrey Lopez, of rural Raymond.

District 3 also required a primary contest after three filed originally. General election voters will decide between incumbent Dennis L. Anderson, of rural Montevideo, and David J. Nordaune, of Granite Falls.

Incumbent Jim Dahlvang, of Montevideo, will be unopposed on the ballot for the District 4 seat.

Districts 2, 3 and 4 will be four-year terms.

Kandiyohi County

Three seats are up for election this year, and there is a contest for one of them. A primary race decided the District 4 candidates after six people filed for that seat. Incumbent Dennis Peterson, of Spicer, did not seek re-election.

In District 2, Doug Reese, of Willmar, will be unopposed on the ballot. Incumbent Richard Larson, of Willmar, did not seek re-election.

Primary voters advanced Roger R. Imdieke, of New London, and Alan Welle, of Willmar, to the general election ballot for District 4.

District 5 incumbent Harland Madsen, of Lake Lillian, will be unopposed on the ballot. Madsen was elected to a four-year term two years ago but the seat is on the ballot again this year because of redistricting.

Lac qui Parle County

Incumbent Harold Solem is challenged by Roy Marihart for the District 5 seat. Both men are from Dawson.

Incumbents Todd Patzer, of Marietta, DeRon Brehmer, of Bellingham, and Graylen Carlson, of Madison, are unopposed on the ballot for the Districts 1, 2 and 3 seats, respectively.

District 2 will be for a two-year term because of redistricting. The other three are for the typical four-year term.

Meeker County

There are contests for all five seats on the Meeker County Board. Primary races determined the general election ballot in District 3 and District 5.

District 1 voters will decide between Beth D. Oberg and incumbent James Swenson. Both are from Litchfield.

District 2 incumbent David Gabrielson is challenged by Dale Fenrich. Both are from Litchfield.

District 3 incumbent Tim Benoit, of Dassel, and Bryan Larson, of Litchfield, were the top vote getters in the primary and will be on the general election ballot.

Mike Housman, of Dassel, is challenging incumbent Wally Strand, of Kimball, in District 4.

Primary voters selected Mike Huberty, of Eden Valley, and Ben Smith, of Grove City, to advance to the general election ballot in District 5. Incumbent Roney Kutzke, of Grove City, did not seek re-election.

Due to redistricting, Districts 1 and 5 are on the ballot for two-year terms, while Districts 2, 3 and 4 are on the ballot for four-year terms.

Pope County

Incumbents have filed for all four seats up for election this year. They will be unopposed on the ballot: Gordon Wagner, of Glenwood, for District 2, Paul Gerde, of Glenwood, for District 3, Larry Lindor, of Cyrus, for District 4 and Cody Rogahn, of Glenwood, for District 5.

Districts 4 and 5 are two-year terms as required by redistricting.

Renville County

Three seats are up for election this year, and all are unopposed on the ballot.

Randy Kramer, of rural Bird Island, is seeking the District 1 seat currently held by Ralph Novotny, of rural Buffalo Lake. He did not seek re-election.

Incumbents Paul Setzepfandt of Bird Island and LaMont Jacobson of Sacred Heart are seeking re-election to the Districts 3 and 5 seats, respectively.

All are four-year terms.

Swift County

All five districts are on the ballot this year -- Districts 2 and 4 are for two-year terms because of redistricting -- and all are unopposed.

Incumbents Gary Hendrickx, of Appleton, Gary Klemm, of Benson, Pete Peterson, of Benson, and Joe Fox, of Appleton, are seeking re-election to the Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 seats.

Eric Rudningen, of Kerkhoven, is seeking the District 5 seat. Incumbent Doug Anderson did not seek re-election.

Yellow Medicine County

All five seats are up for election.

District 2 is a special election to succeed the late Dick Wambeke and will be for a two-year term.

District 1 also will be for a two-year term due to redistricting.

In District 1, Joe Rohlik, of Wood Lake, is challenging incumbent Greg Renneke, of Echo.

District 2 required a primary race after four people filed originally. Primary voters advanced John Berends and Mitch Brovold, both of Granite Falls, to the general election ballot.

Incumbent Gary Johnson, of Montevideo, is unopposed on the ballot for District 3.

Also in District 4, incumbent Ron Antony, of Canby, is unopposed.

Incumbent Louis Sherlin is challenged by Jim Stone for the District 5 seat. Both are from Canby.

Sources: Minnesota Secretary of State's Office and county auditors or administrator's offices

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