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Dahlstrom on Red Wing's short list

Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom is one of two finalists for the superintendent's position in Red Wing, Minn.

The Red Wing School Board has trimmed the list of finalists from five to two. Also up for retiring superintendent Stan Slessor's position is Watertown-Mayer superintendent Karsten Anderson.

Dahlstrom had no comment to make when contacted about the Red Wing position on Tuesday.

Dahlstrom is in the final year of her three-year contract with Wadena-Deer Creek, and has expressed interest in staying with the WDC district but hasn't resolved contract talks with the school board.

The last round of interviews in Red Wing will be Feb. 15 and 16.

Each candidate will spend a day in the district during which they will meet administrators and tour facilities.

Anderson has been a superintendent for 13 years. Like Dahlstrom, he has been successful in convincing voters to approve referendums and places the emphasis on the students.

Dahlstrom headed a 2009 effort that saw District 2155 residents approve two different levy referendums. The previous effort to pass the WDC referendum in 2007 failed by almost 2-to-1.

Red Wing's five-year referendum must be renewed by 2013.

Dahlstrom received a written contract offer from the Wadena-Deer Creek school board in a special meeting Jan. 25. She is currently reviewing the terms of the two-year contract. Dahlstrom has cited the lack of a written contract offer as her main reason for applying for the Red Wing job.

District 2155 is currently in the midst of a project to rebuild the senior and middle school complex which was destroyed by a tornado that hit Wadena June 17.

The Red Wing school district has a population of 2,876 students. Red Wing is 42 miles southeast of Minneapolis in Goodhue County.

The Red Wing Republican Eagle contributed to this article.