WILLMAR -- There's a competitive race under way for county board in Kandiyohi County District 4 between Roger Imdieke and Alan Welle. The two are battling for the seat left open by the retirement of Commissioner Dennis Peterson, of Spicer.
But voters in the county's District 2 and District 5 will also be voting for county commissioners this year.
In those two races, however, the seats are uncontested.
In District 2, the seat is open because of the retirement of Commissioner Richard Larson, of Willmar, who did not file for re-election after serving for 15 years.
Doug Reese, who is finishing is 26th year as a Willmar City Councilman, was the only candidate to file for that open county seat. The district includes the entire fourth ward of Willmar and a section of the third ward.
In District 5, Commissioner Harlan Madsen of Lake Lillian is running unopposed for the seat he has held since 1995.
Madsen's current term was not supposed to end until 2014, but there was a significant decrease in population in that district that required the district map to be altered. The change was large enough that Madsen was required under state law to run again.
That district includes the townships of East Lake Lillian, Lake Elizabeth, Fahlun, Gennesse, Edwards, Lake Lillian, Roseland, Holland, Whitefield, Harrison, Kandiyohi and Willmar Township.
Stories that profiled Imdieke and Welle, and their take on county issues, ran earlier this month in the West Central Tribune.
To help voters become aware of the other county board candidates on the ballot, Madsen and Reese were asked to provide basic biographical information and to respond to the question, "What do you want to accomplish while serving on the Kandiyohi County Board and how will you do it?"
Harlan Madsen: As a Kandiyohi County Commissioner, I want to continue to advocate for Kandiyohi County and rural Minnesota.
Decisions that are made must always be done to provide the best value for the citizen taxpayer. These decisions must be equitable. I will continue to carefully research each issue and seek advice from others before reaching a conclusion, so that my decisions are based on accurate information and good data.
I am committed to continuing the process of redesigning how we deliver services at the local level.
My goal is to provide the best customer service with the highest efficiency possible in a positive working environment. We will accomplish this through careful evaluation of our current processes, utilizing independent, analytical information (i.e. Springsted report), increasing our utilization of appropriate technology, and by engaging in honest, thoughtful, conversations with a wide variety of citizens.
Doug Reese: Marion and I have raised our children in Kandiyohi County. Now two of our three children have moved back to Kandiyohi County and are raising their children here. Both families have recognized the value of living in and raising a family in this county.
I, at a minimum, will maintain but preferably enhance the family values and the opportunities for our children and our grandchildren through commonsense and responsible actions as a county commissioner.
I grew up in Minnesota but in an area that didn't have lakes. I have always enjoyed fishing and do greatly appreciate the fabulous opportunities we as citizens have in our area with the abundance of lakes within Kandiyohi County. As an outdoorsman, fisherman I plan to protect our beautiful county lakes from invasive species.