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Longtime Willmar, Minn., councilman Jim Dokken files for Ward 4 seat

WILLMAR -- Voters will decide a rematch from 2004 in the race for the Ward 4 seat on the Willmar City Council.

Jim Dokken filed Tuesday to retain his seat representing Ward 4. He will face challenger Jay Lawton, whom he defeated in 2004.

Dokken has served on the council since 1999. He is a native of Willmar and a retired U.S. Air Force sergeant.

He retired from the Air Force in 1975 with the rank of senior master sergeant, after serving for 20 years in California, West Germany, Kansas and Minnesota.

He remains active in veteran issues, and served in positions with the Willmar Legion and Disabled American Veterans state legislative committee.

In Ward 2, incumbent Tim Johnson and challenger Andrew Bjur have filed for election. Johnson is chief public defender for the 8th Judicial District and was elected to the council in 2008. Bjur is an architect with Engan Associates. He ran unsuccessfully against Ward 2 council member Ron Christianson in the 2010 election.

Incumbents Denis Anderson and Steve Ahmann have filed for re-election in Ward 1 and in Ward 3. Anderson, who is retired from Jennie-O Turkey Store, has served on the council since 1998. Ahmann served on the council from 1986 to 1994 and was reelected in 2008 and is the owner of Ahmann Construction.

The filing period ended Tuesday. Law allows filed candidates another two days to withdraw their name from consideration.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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