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Candidate filing period closes for local governments

The filing period closed at 5 p.m. on Aug. 16.

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WADENA — The filing period for cities and school districts without a primary election and for townships with November elections ran through 5 p.m. Aug. 16.

Open seats and those who've filed as of Tuesday, Aug. 16, at noon, in our readership, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, include:

City

Wadena County
Wadena City Council - Two city council members (Bruce Uselman and Mark Lunde) and the mayor (George Deiss) are up for election.
Dan Sartell and Mark Lunde filed for council seats along with George Deiss for mayor. Uselman indicated he is not running for reelection.
Verndale City Council- Two city council members (Ardith Carr and Jim Runyan) and the mayor (Tara Erckenbrack) are up for election. Erckenbrack has filed for mayor and Runyun filed for city council.
Staples City Council- Three city council members (Thomas Toepper, Roy Miles and Ron Murray ) and the mayor (Chris Etzler) are up for election. No one filed yet.
Sebeka City Council- Two city council members (Justin Ahrendt and Joshua Connor) and the mayor (David Anderson) are up for election. David Anderson and Edmund Fennig have filed for mayor. Michael Grewing and Mitch Hanson have filed for council seats.
Menahga City Council- Two city council members and the mayor (Liz Olson) are up for election. So far incumbent Liz Olson and Karen Candelaria have filed for the mayor seat. Jody Bjornson, Art Huebner and Mike Netland have filed for the two council seats.
Aldrich City Council: A city council, mayor and treasurer seat are open. Vanessa Waldahl and Justin Genosky have filed for mayor. Faye Baugh filed for a council seat.
Nimrod City Council
Keith Frame filed for the mayor seat. Coleman Rydie filed for the council seat and Karen Lepinski filed for the city clerk position.

East Otter Tail County
Bluffton: Two city council members and the mayor are up for election. Tim Pavek has filed for mayor again. Tony Kassa, Mary Lou Carlson and Brian Nesland have all filed for council seats.

Deer Creek: Two city council members and the mayor are up for election. No one filed yet.

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New York Mills: Two city council members (Logyn Saewert and Josh Hoaby) and the mayor (Marsha Maki) are up for election. No one filed yet.

Schools

  • Wadena/Deer Creek: Three school board members terms are up including Ryan Damlo, Melissa Seelhammer and Peter Hayes. So far, Julie Bushinger, Ryan Damlo and Melissa Seelhammer have filed.
  • Staples/Motley: Three school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.
  • Verndale: Three school board members terms are up. Tahna Rurup and Scott Veronen filed.
  • Sebeka: Four school board members terms are up. So far, Cheri Kangas, Kayla Frame, Nate Erickson, Russell Johnson and JoAnn Olson have filed.
  • Menahga: Dan Gaughan and Katie Howard filed.
  • New York Mills: Three school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.
  • Bertha-Hewitt: Four school board members terms are up. No one has filed yet.
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