Four candidates have now filed for Willmar School Board, filing closes Tuesday

Three candidates will be elected to the Willmar School Board in the Nov. 8 election. Four candidates have filed so far, and filing is open until 4 p.m. Aug. 16.

A file photo of the Willmar Public Schools sign at the Willmar Education and Arts Center, where the administration offices are located.
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WILLMAR — Incumbent Randy Frederickson has filed to run for his first full term on the Willmar School Board.

Frederickson was elected in a special election in 2021 to fill an unexpired term.

Three board members will be chosen in the Nov. 8 general election. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Aug. 16 to file.

Candidates may file during business hours at the district office on the second floor of the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. The filing fee is $2.

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Frederickson, of Willmar, is retired from a 32-year career teaching science at Willmar Middle School. He works part-time at the Wild Bird Warehouse in Willmar.


He said he feels he’s learned a lot while serving on the board and would like to continue.

“I feel that my experience working in the Willmar district has positioned me to understand multiple issues, multiple sides of issues,” he said.

Laura Weatherby, 52, of Willmar, filed earlier. She is a psychologist at Life Seasons in Willmar and her three children, two of them students in the district, are her primary reason for running.

Weatherby said she is satisfied with how the school board runs, and “I want to help keep things working.”

Incumbent Jay Lawton and Steve Biesterfeld have also filed.

Three people, including one incumbent, have filed to run for Willmar School Board this fall. Filing will close at 4 p.m. Aug. 16. There will be no primary in the race, and all candidates who file will participate in the general election.

Mary Amon is the only incumbent who has not yet filed for reelection.

Amon was first elected in a special election in 2017 and elected to a full term in 2018. Lawton was elected in 2018. Frederickson was elected in a special election in 2021.

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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