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Two more candidates for the Becker County Soil and Water Board have filed for office, but no additional county board candidates had filed as of Friday afternoon.

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Duane Grossman, who lives on the 14000 block of Grossman Road, rural Audubon, has filed for the District 3 seat on the Soil and Water Board.

Anthony Beck, who lives on the 49000 block of Highway 87, rural Menahga, has filed for the District 5 seat.

There are three supervisor seats up for election -- districts 2, 3 and 5.

None of the three incumbents on the Frazee-Vergas School Board have yet filed for re-election.

There are three four-year terms open on the school board: Dana Laine,

Steve Jepson and Keith Janu currently hold those seats.

Challenger Mary Lepisto of Frazee is the only one to file as of Friday afternoon.

There is a $2 filing fee to run for school board. Candidates must be 21 or older, an eligible voter and a resident of the district for at least the past 30 days.

Filing may be done at the district administration office.

Depending on the number of candidates filed, the district could hold a primary election Aug. 14. The general election will be held Nov. 6.

Also likely on the ballot for the Frazee district this year is a proposal for a new operating levy to replace one due to expire. The current excess levy runs out next year.

A committee is still meeting on the issue, but the school board should know soon about the specifics -- how much the levy will generate per student, how it will change property taxes, district budget projections, and so on.

The deadline is August to get any proposed levy on the November ballot, so the school board is expected to act at its June or July meeting.

The filing period to run for the Frazee-Vergas School Board closes at 5 p.m. on June 5.

Of area school districts and cities, only Frazee-Vergas School District has a primary election Aug. 14.

The others have opted not to use the primary system and will seat the top vote-getters in the Nov. 6 general election.

Filing is July 31 through Aug. 14 for city and school district elections that don't use the primary system.

All five Becker County commissioners filed for re-election on Tuesday -- the first day of filing. Political newcomer Craig Fontaine, who lives on the 1000 block of Villa Lane in Detroit Lakes, has been the only one to file for a new county commissioner district composed entirely of Detroit Lakes city wards 2 and 3.

Also filing were county board incumbents Gerry Schram and John Okeson, who will be running against each other in the new district 3.

Okeson lives on West Lake Sallie Drive in Lakeview Township and Schram lives on the 19000 block of 295th Avenue, off County Road 25, in Erie Township.

Commissioner Don Skarie has filed for District 4. He lives in Detroit Township, just north of Big Floyd Lake on County Road 149.

Larry Knutson has filed for District 1. He lives in Toad Lake Township off Highway 34 on Toad Lake.

Barry Nelson filed for District 5. He lives in Lake Eunice Township on County Road 11 east of Big Cormorant Lake.

All five county board seats are up for election this year because of redistricting. Those who win seats in districts 1 and 2 will serve two year terms. The other three seats are four-year terms.

There is a $50 filing fee for county commission races.

Seats on the Becker County Soil and Water District Board (districts 2, 3 and 5) are also open for filing.

Kathy Stenger filed Tuesday for the district 2 seat. She lives about 10 miles east of Detroit Lakes off Highway 34.

Filing for county, state and federal offices opened Tuesday and will close at 5 p.m. June 5, according to Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen.

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