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New faces at the Kandiyohi County Board table

WILLMAR -- Surrounded by friends and family, a new Kandiyohi County attorney and a new county commissioner were sworn into office during a public ceremony today.

Jenna Fischer took the oath of office as Kandiyohi County attorney and Jim Butterfield took his seat as a county commissioner.

Fischer, who defeated long-time county attorney Boyd Beccue last fall in an upset election, is the first elected woman to sit at the county table on a full-time basis. Her role includes providing legal advice to the Commissioners as they conduct official business.

Butterfield, of Willmar, defeated three-term incumbent Richard Falk for a post on the board.

Family, friends and co-workers of Fischer and Butterfield packed the meeting room as the oath was administered.

Commissioners Dean Shuck, Harlan Madsen, Sheriff Dan Hartog, Auditor/Treasure Sam Modderman and Recorder Julie Kalkbrenner, who were re-elected to their posts in November, were also sworn in.

Shuck, of rural Sunburg, was chosen by his peers to serve as chairman for 2011.

Commissioner Richard Larson, of Willmar, was elected vice-chairman.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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