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Five candidates so far for Willmar School Board, filing closes today for 3 seats

WILLMAR — Five people have filed so far for the Willmar School Board, and filing closes at 5 p.m. today.

The candidates for the three four-year terms which begin in January are Jay Lawton, Linda Mathiasen, Kelly O’Farrell, Patrick Ousley and Don Thorpe.

Mathiasen was the only incumbent to have filed as of Monday afternoon. The terms of Nathan Streed and Laura Warne will also expire at the end of the year.

Interested candidates may fill out an application and pay a $2 filing fee at the Willmar Public Schools District Office at 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar. The general election is Nov. 4.

For more information on the school board election please contact Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard at 320-231-8510 or via email at

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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