Candidates file for school boards in Brainerd, C-I, Little Falls

Brent Yaunick joined six others vying for the two seats on the Brainerd School Board, while seven others filed for the three seats carrying four-year terms.

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A seventh contender filed Monday, Aug. 15, for one of two seats up for special election this November on the Brainerd School Board.

Brent Yaunick joined six others vying for the two seats, while seven others filed for the three seats carrying four-year terms.

Races for the Crosby-Ironton and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley school boards are now competitive as well following Mondayโ€™s updates to candidate filings.

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The candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Filings on Aug. 15

School districts

Brainerd School District No. 181

  • Special election for School Board member (elect two) โ€” Brent Yaunick.

Cass Lake-Bena School District No. 115

  • School Board member (elect three) โ€” Jolyn (Holstein) Donnell (incumbent).

Crosby-Ironton School District No. 182

  • School Board member (elect three) โ€” Barbara Neprud (incumbent).
  • Special election for School Board member (elect two) โ€” Kennedy Niska.

Little Falls School District No. 482

  • School Board member (elect three) โ€” Sharon Ballou (incumbent), Cassie Fredregill, Mark A. Gerbi (incumbent), Brad Laager (incumbent), Sarah Marrow, Molly Jean Nelson, Daniel Schilling.

Swanville School District No. 486

  • School Board member (elect three) โ€” Molly Gerads (incumbent), Zachery Gutormson.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District No. 113

  • School Board member (elect three) โ€” Ben Jacobson.




  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Rae Borst (incumbent).

Cass Lake

  • Mayor โ€” Richard Molash Sr.


  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Stephen Hanning.


  • Mayor โ€” Lloyd Brix (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Barbara Oโ€™Brien, Michael Workman (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Andrew D. Hemphill.


  • Council member โ€” Kory Hoheisel.


  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Patrick Hayes, Denise Young (incumbent), Tami Young (incumbent).
  • City treasurer โ€” Karen Hayes (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Allan J Reed.

Little Falls


  • Mayor โ€” Greg Zylka (incumbent).
  • Council member at large โ€” Chuck Justin.
  • Council member, Ward 1 โ€” Leif Hanson (incumbent).
  • Council member, Ward 2 โ€” Wayne Liljegren (incumbent).
  • Council member, Ward 3 โ€” James Storlie (incumbent).


  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Phyllis Eck (incumbent), Greg Gilsrud (incumbent).


  • Mayor โ€” Mike Schmidt (incumbent).
  • Council member โ€” Nikki Bjerga (incumbent).


  • Mayor โ€” Keith Frame (incumbent).
  • Council member โ€” Coleman Rydie (incumbent).
  • City clerk โ€” Karen Lepinski (incumbent).


  • Mayor โ€” Adam Sparrow (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Greg Gentry, Ann Meyer (incumbent), LeRoy Smith (incumbent).
  • Special election for council member โ€” Wade Mortenson (incumbent).


  • Mayor โ€” Danny Lane Noss (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Mary Venske (incumbent), Jeffrey Wright (incumbent).
  • Special election for council member โ€” Carrie Turner (incumbent).


  • Mayor โ€” Sandra Lange (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) โ€” Tony Maciej (incumbent), James Molitor (incumbent).


  • Mayor โ€” Jericho Worth.


Ansel Township


  • Township treasurer โ€” Rhonda Marthaler (incumbent).

Becker Township

  • Township treasurer โ€” Marjorie Strassburg (incumbent).

Beulah Township

  • Township clerk โ€” Jason Roos.

Boy River Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 โ€” William Grimm.

Bull Moose Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 โ€” Caryn Suzanne Johnson (incumbent).

Crooked Lake Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 5 โ€” Lloyd Thyen (incumbent).

Elmdale Township

  • Township supervisor, seat C โ€” Tom Lind (incumbent).

Fairview Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 3 โ€” Roger Osell.

Gould Township


  • Township supervisor, seat 2 โ€” Nordeen Eckes (incumbent).

Hillman Township

  • Township supervisor, seat A โ€” Ted Kasper (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat B โ€” Thomas Stangl (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer โ€” Loren Tomala (incumbent).

Morrill Township

  • Township supervisor, seat A โ€” Ronnie Beack (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat B โ€” Edward J. Kampa (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer โ€” Sally Melby (incumbent).

Mount Morris Township

  • Township supervisor, seat B โ€” Keith Carter (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat C โ€” Jennifer Miller (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer โ€” Tom Fenna (incumbent).

Otter Tail Peninsula Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 โ€” Frank R Alianello (incumbent).
  • Township clerk โ€” Cynthia Kessem.

Pierz Township

  • Township supervisor, seat A โ€” Paul Cekalla.

Remer Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 โ€” Kathy Stanek (incumbent).

Richardson Township

  • Township supervisor, seat B โ€” Michael Insley (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat C โ€” Kent Larson (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer โ€” Beverly Insley (incumbent).

Shingobee Township


  • Township supervisor, seat 2 โ€” Joe Sherman (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat 4 โ€” Nancy A. Beard (incumbent).

Smoky Hollow Township

  • Township clerk โ€” Susan Sundberg (incumbent).

Torrey Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 3 โ€” Daniel Harms (incumbent).
  • Township clerk โ€” Barbara Harms (incumbent).

Wilkinson Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 โ€” Larry Martinson (incumbent).
  • Township treasurer โ€” Bonnie Lembke (incumbent).

Wolford Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 โ€” Wade DeCent.

Hospital district

Cuyuna Range Hospital District

  • Hospital district board member, Cuyuna โ€” Andrea Bedard (incumbent).
  • Hospital district board member, Irondale Township โ€” Brian Biever (incumbent).
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