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Two more file for at-large seat

Two candidates recently filed for Brainerd’s Ward 1 seat and for the at-large seat. The candidates are Dave Pritschet for Ward 1 and David Colvin for one of two at-large seats.

Dave Pritschet filed Friday for Brainerd’s Ward 1 seat — the third candidate to file for the post currently held by Lucy Nesheim.

The Forestview Middle School teacher said the city council needs to reach consensus without losing integrity, disagree without being contentious and respond quickly to the needs of the people.

“I’m not beholden to any organization,” he said.

Filing earlier — after Nesheim announced she would not run for re-election — were Sue Hilgart and Amanda Monnier.

Pritschet, 46, said he didn’t have a set agenda but was interested in snowmobile trails, trails, parks, safety issues for older people (streets, sidewalks, police) and opportunities for businesses.

In a statement he said he grew up in a blue collar, working-class family and knows both the value of a dollar and the importance of spending money wisely. He said his 90-year-old mother lives next door so he’s familiar with the concerns of older citizens on fixed incomes. He and his wife, Anne, have four children: one in college, two in Brainerd public schools and one at St. Francis Elementary School.

The candidate said a council member has to be willing to spend time researching to make sure that any state program works for a city the size of Brainerd.

“You don’t want to bring in a program and then find out they’re not tailored to fit what you want,” he said.

At Forestview, Pritschet is a debate, speech and Knowledge Bowl coach. He was a 2006 recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Recognition Award and the 2012 Brainerd Teacher of Year. He said his debate training has taught him to listen carefully to all sides of an issue while keeping an open mind.

Pritschet is a cantor, choir member and volunteer at St. Andrew’s Church. He’s lived in Brainerd since 1993.

Colvin, 56, is making fourth bid for the city council and said he wants to bring retail and other businesses back to Brainerd. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Brainerd School Board in 2003.

He said he wants to get new people on the council and unseat incumbents Mary Koep and Bob Olson. Colvin said he wants the city get spending under control.

Currently unemployed, said he could use the job on the council.

Filing earlier for the two at-large seats were the incumbents, Olson and Koep; Chip Borkenhagen, Laura Bistad and Denny Schmidt.

The Ward 3 candidates are Jeff Czeczok and John Magnuson.

Filings close Tuesday.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or He may be followed at

Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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