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Kandiyohi County redistricting maps get review at 7 p.m. tonight

WILLMAR -- Proposals for redrawing Kandiyohi County's five commissioner districts will be reviewed tonight during a public meeting at the Health and Human Services Building.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Proposals drafted by County Auditor Sam Modderman and Administrator Larry Kleindl will be presented, as well as a proposal submitted last week by an individual who intends to run for county board this fall.

Any other viable proposal that meets the strict state guidelines will also be reviewed.

The geographical boundaries of the districts need to be altered to reflect changes in population based on the 2010 Census.

If the shift in a district's population exceeds a numeric threshold based on the state formula, the commissioner representing that district must run for election even if the term of office is not up.

The population of districts can be affected by moving one township or a city ward from one district to another. Some of the plans under review by the Kandiyohi County Commissioners involves making shifts that that would require all five commissioner seats to be up for election this fall.

At a minimum - no matter which plan is selected - three seats will be open; two because terms are expired and one because of redistricting.

Because of a significant shift population in District 5 in the southern half of the county, Commissioner Harlan Madsen will be required run for re-election even though there are two years remaining in his term. So far no plan has been presented that would not require Madsen to run again this fall.

A final hearing on the maps will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 3, when the Commissioners are expected to adopt a plan.

If a decision isn't reached at that time the county has until May 1 to finalize a map, just in time for candidates to begin filing for office on May 22.

The maps can be viewed at the county auditor's office or online at the county's website,

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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