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Three more apply for vacant council seat

Three more residents have applied for the vacant at-large Brainerd City Council seat. That brings the total to five so far.

New applicants are: Dirk VanDerwerker, a financial planner; Amanda Monnier, who studied anthropology and sociology and has a business management degree; Susan Hilgart, a member of the Brainerd Police and Fire Civil Service Commission and Transportation Committee.

Other applicants include Joshua “JD” Berns and Matthew Taylor.

The council seat became vacant recently after Bonnie Cumberland died in her home.

The new city council member will finish out Cumberland’s term, which is over at the end of this year. They must then run again in the election if they want to hold the seat.

Applications for the at-large seat are due to Brainerd City Hall by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The applicant names will then go to the council. There will be a special city council meeting at 6 p.m. on March 10, where each applicant will give a short presentation, up to five minutes, to speak to why they should be chosen. The council will then use a majority vote on who to name for the spot.

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