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Spicer elects a new mayor

SPICER -- Challenger Perry Wohnoutka has unseated four-term incumbent Bill Taylor in the race to be the mayor of Spicer.

Wohnoutka received 285 votes to Taylor's 255 votes, according to unofficial results from the Kandiyohi County Web site.

Wohnoutka is retired and spent 17 years working in contract administration for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Taylor has served as Spicer's mayor for eight years and was a council member for six years. He is retired from a 28-year career as an electronics technician for Xerox Corp. He has served as a guardian ad litem for the Eighth Judicial District for the past six years.

Challenger Bob Lindahl and incumbent Troy Block were elected to serve four-year terms on the City Council. Lindahl received 359 votes. Block received 311 votes, and incumbent Marlys Larsen received 255 votes.

Block has been on the council for four years and is senior operations and maintenance technician for Northern Natural Gas Co. Lindahl is service manager at Little Crow Sports Center and has been Spicer's fire chief for 11 years, with a total of 21 years on the fire department. He expects to retire from the department in January. Larsen has served on the council for four years and is a Realtor, broker and landlord.