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Second candidate files for Willmar School Board seat

WILLMAR -- The second candidate has filed to run for a vacant seat on the Willmar School Board. A special election is scheduled for May 16.William Busta, 64, of Willmar filed Tuesday. Busta is retired and is the former director of human resources...

WILLMAR - The second candidate has filed to run for a vacant seat on the Willmar School Board.
A special election is scheduled for May 16.
William Busta, 64, of Willmar filed Tuesday. Busta is retired and is the former director of human resources for Willmar Public Schools. He retired in February 2011.
Busta taught in Cyrus Public Schools before he was hired by Willmar Public Schools in 1981 as a special education teacher.
He was hired as HR director in 2001.
He graduated from Valley City State University in North Dakota and earned his special education certification at St. Cloud State University.
The first candidate to file was Abdirahman Hussein Abdi of Willmar.
The seat was left vacant by the resignation of board member Mike Carlson, who moved out of the district. State law requires that a special election be held to fill the vacant seat on a school board. The term will expire at the end of the year.
The filing period opened Thursday and will close Feb. 25.
Those interested in running for the seat may file at the reception area at the school district’s main office in the Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W. Filing is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. There is a $2 filing fee.

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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: lvanderwerf@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4340
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