More candidates file to run for local office

The candidate filing period to seek public office in school districts, cities, townships and hospital districts remains open through Aug. 16.

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Incumbent mayors in Pequot Lakes and Garrison are hoping to keep their jobs this November, while a second candidate seeking the highest city government office in Emily makes for a competitive race.

Pequot Lakes Mayor Tyler Gardner and Garrison Mayor Loren Larson both submitted their names Monday, Aug. 8, to appear on the general election ballot. Scott Eppen of Emily also filed for the mayoral seat in that city, joining Roger “Buddy” Lund in pursuit of the office. Neither Eppen nor Lund currently serve as mayor.

The candidate filing period to seek public office in school districts, cities, townships and hospital districts remains open through Aug. 16.

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Filings on Aug. 8


East Gull Lake


  • Council member (elect two) — James Ruttger (incumbent).


  • Mayor — Scott Eppen.


  • Mayor — Loren Larson (incumbent).
  • Council member — Robert Hanson.


  • Council member (elect two) — Roman Siltman.


  • Mayor — Karen Candelaria, Elizabeth “Liz” Olson (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) — Jody Bjornson, Art Huebner (incumbent), Mike Netland.


  • Council member (elect two) — Cameron Dorion.

Pequot Lakes

  • Mayor — Tyler E Gardner (incumbent).


  • Mayor — David A. Anderson (incumbent), Edmund Fennig.
  • Council member (elect two) — Michael Grewing, Mitch Hanson.



  • Council member (elect two) — Dan Sartell.


Birch Lake Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Andy Becker.
  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Andy Bray.

Boy River Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — Deborah Huotari (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Leroy Bader (incumbent).

Deerfield Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Terry Holden.
  • Township clerk — Lisa Kriens (incumbent).

Sylvan Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 5 — Arlene Schmit (incumbent).

Hospital district

Cuyuna Range

  • Hospital district board member (Deerwood) — Julie Mohs (incumbent).
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