Area school board races decided
Contested races in seven area school districts were decided on Tuesday.
The votes were 1,046 for incumbent Scott Voss, 880 for Pat Thieschafer, 862 for incumbent Paul Gregory and 697 for incumbent Brian Knight; while Nichole Szczesniak received 667 votes and incumbent Ginny Borgerding received 633 votes.
Three members were elected to the BOLD School Board: Brian J. Boen with 1,563 votes; Jill Hanson, 1,469 votes; and incumbent Russ Lesniak, 1,083.
Brian Stenholm received 723 votes and Bob Cline received 558.
In balloting for a separate seat, Traci Buchtel defeated Roger Ridler, 1,366 to 688 votes.
A six-way contest for four positions on the Dawson-Boyd School Board was decided in favor of all the incumbents: Daniel Lee, 901 votes; Dean Solem, 824; Ann Jenson, 806; and Jon Wager, 781.
Challengers Chris Schacherer received 472 votes and Brandie Manee received 205 votes.
Jason Boike, the incumbent in District 2, was unseated by challenger Tate Mueller, 79 to 202.
In District 4, Lane Schwitters, the current chair of the board, kept his seat, defeating Jill M. Ulferts 132 to 84.
Debi Brandt was unopposed in District 5 and received 271 votes. Eleven votes went to write-in candidates.
Three incumbents and one newcomer were elected to the New London-Spicer School Board. The incumbents topped the voting with Robert C. Moller receiving 2,740 votes, followed by Holli Cogelow-Ruter with 2,576 and Daniel L. DeGeest with 2,575 votes. Cherrish Holland also was newly elected to the board with 2,271 votes.
Incumbent Helena Lungstrom lost her seat, receiving 2,226 votes.
The Paynesville Area School District elected four school board members Tuesday, choosing two incumbents and two new members.
Just four votes separated the top two winners. Heidi Riley captured 1,574 votes, followed closely by incumbent Mark Dingmann with 1,570. Randy Kern was third with 1,490 and incumbent Lew W. Storkamp received 1,349 votes.
Debora Glenz, the current vice chair, trailed with 1,277 votes to lose her seat on the board.
Yellow Medicine East
The Yellow Medicine East School Board elected three members on Tuesday.
Two current members, Dawn Odegard with 1,824 votes and Steve Rupp with 1,707 votes, were re-elected, along with new member Sharon Rupp, who had 1,387 votes.
A fourth candidate, Shelly Weir, received 1,141 votes. She had recently resigned from the school board to accept a job in the district, but not before she had filed for election and her name was still on the ballot.
Megan Morrison, 1,549
Paul Rasmussen, 1,490
Michael Hendrickson, 1,413
Scott Stafford, 1,604
Andy Abner, 2,141
Jason Madden, 1,548
Chad Payne, 1,787
Jodi Dejong-Hughes, 1,702
Tim Schaefer, 345
Rodney Peterson, 374
Brett Duncan, 394
Tom Walsh, 974
Philip Hauge, 991
Harmon R. Wilts, 896
Lac qui Parle Valley
District 1: Scott Conn, 278
District 2: Richard Adams, 134 (write-in)
District 5: Cory Thorsland, 423
Greg Mathews, 3,223
Marlin Schutte, 2,827
Darrin Anderson, 2,860
Dion Harste, 2,654
Sadie Schlief, 2,818
Chad M. Christianson, 2,723
Joe Helgeson, 1,885
Andrew Stenson, 1,970
Steve Kubista, 1,880
Mike Odello, 2,122
Douglas Stahman, 2,107
Nancy Huot, 1,069
Lisa Kurtz, 1,514
Renville County West
Eric Dahlager, 1,128
Wendie Discher, 1,079
Darin Bratsch, 1,122