Eight file for Willmar School Board

Eight people are running for four seats on the Willmar School Board. Four are incumbents.


WILLMAR — Eight candidates filed to run for the Willmar School Board before filing closed Tuesday afternoon.

They will compete for four four-year terms on the board.

Candidates are Tammy Barnes, Justin Bos, David Ditmarson, Nadia Fifita, Randy Frederickson, Terry Lawler, Mike Reynolds and Scott Thaden.

Barnes, Bos, Reynolds and Thaden are incumbents.

Fifita, 42, is a licensed teacher who returned to Willmar 2 1/2 years ago after a career as a teacher and administrator in international schools in the Kingdom of Tonga and Papua New Guinea.


Bos, 42, is a funeral director at Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Homes.

Lawler, 59, works in the financial crimes/loss mitigation department for Wells Fargo.

Other candidates could not be reached Wednesday.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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