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Brenk is DL's new mayor; Marks Erickson elected to council along with incumbents

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Detroit Lakes,Minnesota 56501
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Brenk is DL's new mayor; Marks Erickson elected to council along with incumbents
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After 30-plus year under the direction of Mayor Larry Buboltz, the city of Detroit Lakes will see a new leader when Matt Brenk takes over as mayor after the first of the year.


Brenk, who has served as an alderman and vice mayor for 18 years, Bob Renney and Jim Vareberg were compet-ing for the open seat after Buboltz decided not to run again.

"I'm really happy the vot-ers of Detroit Lakes sup-ported me, and I will con-tinue to work hard for DL," Brenk said.

He added that he would like to thank not only those who helped him with his campaign, but also Vareberg and Renney for taking an interest in the city and run-ning for mayor.

The remaining city coun-cil positions went to incum-bents seeking re-election, and Ward 2 will now have the sole woman representative on the council.

Brenk took in 2,204 votes, or 55.3 percent, with Vare-berg trailing with 1,352 votes and Renney with 398 votes. There were also 31 write-in votes.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ron Zeman found challenges in Madalyn Sukke and John S. Watland, barely winning with less than a 30-vote margin in his favor.

Zeman was at the court-house watching the results come in Tuesday night, and he had a long wait. Ward 1 was the last precinct to be counted.

"I want to thank all the people that did vote for me," he said. "It was a close race. I'll continue standing up for taxpayers and doing their wishes in Ward 1, as well as the rest of the city."

Zeman received 483 votes, or 40.9 percent, Sukke re-ceived 454 votes, or 38.4 percent, and Watland re-ceived 241 votes, or 20.4 percent. There were two write-in votes.

In Ward 2, the open seat went to Jamie Marks Erick-son, who campaigned for the position alongside Doug Friendshuh. Marks Erickson took in 792 votes to Friend-shuh's 406. There were three write-in votes in Ward 2.

"I'm excited to be elected to the council," Marks Erick-son said. "We have a great city leadership and I look forward to working with them in this exciting time for Detroit Lakes."

She added that she would like to thank those who sup-ported her in the election.

Alderman-at-large incum-bent Bruce Imholte faced Beatrice Tessman and Dan Holzgrove for his seat. Im-holte won the seat with 2,109 votes, or 55.7 percent. Holzgrove followed with 1,178 votes and Tessman with 483 votes.

"I'm honored and appre-ciative of the fact that the citizens re-elected me for another four-year term," Im-holte said.

He added that he would go out and continue to work, pursuing the issues at hand like off-road trails, downtown redevelopment and LGA cuts.

Ward 3's Jim Anderson ran unopposed this term and was re-elected to another term. He received 98.4 per-cent of the vote, with 1,250 of all ballots cast. There were 21 write-in votes.