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Filings open city, township, school board posts
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Call it the second season for candidate filings. The filing period for townships, school boards and cities that do not conduct a primary opens Tuesday and closes Aug. 12. Earlier, filing for offices for state, counties and cities that conduct primaries closed June 3.


In Baxter and the Brainerd area close attention will be paid to the Brainerd School Board and Baxter City Council posts that will be decided Nov. 4. Filing information is available at either the school district or city hall offices.

Brainerd School Board incumbents whose terms expire include Tom Haglin, Ruth Nelson and Chris Robinson. All are four-year terms.

Baxter City Council incumbents whose four-year terms expire include Rob Moser and Jim Klein.

File for Pequot Lakes or Pine River-Backus school board offices with the school administrative officer, and for city offices with the city clerk. Filing fee is $2.

Most area mayor seats and two four-year city council seats will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot for area cities, as well as three four-year Pequot Lakes School Board seats, and four four-year and one two-year Pine River-Backus School Board seats.

The Crosslake Community School Board will hold elections at the school's fall parent-teacher conferences Oct. 21 and 24, and voting is open to parents of students, staff and students over age 18. There are eight positions on the board with two-year terms, including four teacher members, two or three parent members and at least one community member. Community members must not have any affiliation with the school.

East Gull Lake, Manhattan Beach and Hackensack are the only area cities with a four-year mayoral term. The Manhattan Beach mayor's seat will be on the ballot in November; the East Gull Lake and Hackensack mayors' terms are not up for election this year.

To file for township offices, visit the town board clerk. Filing fee is $2. The following area townships in Crow Wing County are among those that will hold officer elections Nov. 4: Gail Lake, Jenkins, Lake Edward, Little Pine, Mission, Pelican, Perry Lake, Ross Lake, Timothy and Wolford.

All townships in Cass County hold officer elections in November, except Kego Township, which held elections in March.


Following is a list of area school board and city council members and mayors whose terms expire this year and whose seats will be on the ballot.

Crosby-Ironton School Board

School board members, four year; Barb Neprud, Michael Domin and Anthony Bonsante.

Crosslake School Board

School board members, two-year: Parent members Tim Hendrickson and Ronda Veit, and teacher members Beverly Loeffler and Kate Davis.

School board members, one-year: Teacher member Julie Bonfig was appointed to fill the remainder of a teacher term, so the remaining one year will be on the ballot. Community member Kim Larson enrolled her child in the school, so is no longer eligible for the role. The ballot will include the remaining one year of her term.

Deerwood City Council

Mayor, two-year, Mike Aulie; council members, four years, Mark Severson and Tom Nixon.

Garrison City Council

Mayor, two years, Pat Charlson; council members, two years, vacant post and Christi Risnes; clerk-treasurer, four years, William Stimac.

Little Falls School Board

School board members, four years, Sharon Ballou, Brad Laager and Mark Gerbi.

Pequot Lakes School Board

School Board members: Brandon Andersen, Derrek Johnson and Valerie Wallin.

Pillager City Council

Mayor, two years, Gary Greenheck; council members, two years, Roger Albrecht; four years, Clarence Woitalla and Brett Mattheisen.

Pine River-Backus School Board

School board members, four-year: Leslie Bouchonville, appointed in February 2013 after John Palmer resigned, Katy Botz, Garny Gaffey and Sandy Poferl.

School board member, two-year: Jason Marcum, appointed in March 2013 after Barb Beck resigned.

Backus City Council

Mayor: Kurt Sawyer; Council members, four-year: Ann Birge, appointed in 2013 after Jim Thomas resigned, and Rae Borst. Council member, two-year: Karl Flier, appointed in February after Richard Bean resigned mid-term, holds a seat that will be on the ballot as a special two-year term to expire in 2016.

Breezy Point City Council

Mayor: JoAnn Weaver; council members: Tom Lillehei and Michael Moroni.

Chickamaw Beach City Council

Mayor: Donald Van Vorst; council members: Murel Backman and Wayne Sherwood.

Crosslake City Council

Mayor: Darrell Schneider; council members: John Moengen and Steve Roe.

East Gull Lake City Council

Council members: Scott Hoffman and Jim Ruttger.

Emily City Council

Mayor: George Pepek; council members, four-year: Dan Barrett, appointed in August 2013 after Bob Swanson resigned, and Jan Mosman.

Fifty Lakes City Council

Mayor: Ken Hersey; council members: Les Degner and Jodie Schrupp.

Hackensack City Council

Council members: Gus Kaubisch and Deb Rateike.

Jenkins City Council

Mayor: Jon Lubke; council members, four-year: Tim Hidde and Bill Ellis; council member, two-year: Donna Stricker, appointed in February after Gary Brown died mid-term, holds a seat that will be on the ballot as a special two-year term to expire in 2016.

Lake Shore City Council

Mayor: John Terwilliger; council members: Susan Amacher and Doug Miller.

Manhattan Beach City Council

Mayor: Paul Allen; council members: Clyde Brodt and Marlene Yurek.

Nisswa City Council

Mayor: Brian Lehman; council members, four-year: Ross Krautkremer, appointed in June after Tina Foster resigned, and Joe Meyer, appointed last fall after Lenny Hodgson resigned.

Council member, two-year: Gregg Sellner, appointed in April after Jan Pierce resigned mid-term, holds a seat that will be on the ballot as a special two-year term to expire in 2016.

Pequot Lakes City Council

Mayor: Nancy Adams; council members: Jerry Akerson and Dave Sjoblad.

Pine River City Council

Mayor: Jim Sabas; council members, four-year: Tony DeSanto and Patty Melby; council member, two-year: Tammy Hamilton, appointed in May 2013 after Ron Derksen resigned mid-term, holds a seat that will be on the ballot as a special two-year term to expire in 2016.

Staples City Council

Mayor, two years, Chris Etzler; council members, four years, Roy Miles, Joel Quance and Ron Murray.

Pierz School Board

School board members, four years, Colleen Seelen, Patty Stangl and Dean Virnig.

Wadena-Deer Creek School Board

School board members, three years, Ann Pate, John Moenkedick, Wayne Perkins.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Board

School board members, four years, Steven Day, Terry Freeman and Barbara Sherman.