Five candidates are running for three seats on the Willmar School Board

Two women and three men will compete in the Nov. 8 general election for three seats on the Willmar School Board. Three of the candidates are incumbents.

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WILLMAR — A total of five candidates have filed for three seats on the Willmar School Board.

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Incumbent Mary Amon filed Tuesday afternoon, a few hours before filing closed.

Other candidates are Steve Biesterfeld, Randy Frederickson, Jay Lawton and Laura Weatherby.

The five will be running for three four-year terms on the School Board in the Nov. 8 general election.

Amon, Frederickson and Lawton are incumbents.


Amon was first elected in a special election in 2017 and elected to a full term in 2018. Lawton was elected in 2018. Amon and Lawton are running for their second full terms. Frederickson was elected in a special election in 2021, and is running for his first full term.

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Amon, of Willmar, is a physician at CentraCare — Willmar Lakeland Clinic, formerly Family Practice Medical Center.

Biesterfeld, 48, of Willmar, is a shift supervisor at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs.

Frederickson, of Willmar, is a retired Willmar Middle School science teacher and works part-time at the Wild Bird Warehouse in Willmar.

Jay Lawton, 64, of Willmar, works at Jennie-O Turkey Store in inventory control and logistics for finished goods.

Weatherby, 52, of Willmar, is a psychologist at Life Seasons in Willmar.

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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