Wadena County election 2022: 3 file for Wadena County Sheriff job

Two officers have emerged for the Wadena County Sheriff seat.

The Wadena County Courthouse.
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WADENA — Candidates for county offices, soil and water supervisors, city council, school board, state and federal offices may file from May 17, 2022 until May 31, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Here's who has filed as of Tuesday, May 24, in Wadena County:


Dist. 1: No candidates. This seat is currently filled by Sheldon Monson. Monson is running for House District 5B.
Dist. 3: Bill Stearns
Dist. 4: Murlyn Kreklau
Dist. 5: Jon Kangas
The Dist. 2 seat is the only one not up for election due to redistricting and is filled by Mike Weyer.

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Wadena County board members include commissioners, from left, Bill Stearns, Murlyn Kreklau, Sheldon Monson, Mike Weyer and Jon Kangas.
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Incumbent Heather Olson filed May 17. She is the only one to file so far.


Tracy Myers Borchert has filed to fill the seat of outgoing recorder Soledad Hendrickson, who is retiring. Borchert is a Wadena resident.



There are three candidates for county sheriff. Mike Carr Jr., who has been sheriff for 15 years in Wadena County filed on May 18. Challenger Jason Hofer also filed on May 18. And Milo Scott filed on Tuesday, May 24. Carr is a Verndale resident. Hofer is from rural Menahga and Scott is a Wadena Police Officer.


County Attorney Kyra Ladd is the only filer for her seat so far. She's been the county attorney since 2006.

Wadena County Attorney Kyra Ladd opposes the decision made to shorten sentences for some drug offenders.
Wadena County Attorney Kyra Ladd
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Soil and Water supervisors

There are seats open for districts 1, 2, and 3 and no filers so far.

Senate District 5

The Aug. 9 primary election will be hot in Senate District 5, where two Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the Senate District 5 seat, which includes 16 Becker County townships, as well Wadena, Todd and parts of Hubbard county.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Paul Utke will face off against endorsed Republican candidate Bret Bussman. On the DFL side, A. John Peters has joined the running.

House of Representatives

In House District 5A, which includes part of Becker, Wadena, and Hubbard county, Republican Krista Knudsen is the only candidate to file so far.

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Sheldon Monson, left, and Mike Wiener are both running for the House District 5B seat and will appear on the Primary Election ballot in August.
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House 5B, covering Wadena, Sebeka, Long Prairie, east of Pillager and parts in between includes a race between filers Sheldon Monson and Mike Wiener.
Look for further information on these candidates for election 2022 as the Pioneer Journal seeks out more information from all looking to be on the ballot.

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