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Dairy, turkey councils elect board members

Eleven people have been elected to the 22-member Minnesota Dairy Research and Promotion Council board according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for conducting and certifying agricultural promotion council elections. The election was conducted by mail-in ballot.

The newly elected board members will serve two-year terms. Board members guide the promotion council's activities and serve as advocates for Minnesota's dairy industry.

Newly elected Dairy Research and Promotion Council members are: Dan Grunhovd, Gary, District 1; Kristine Spadgenske, Menahga, District 3; Debi Clasemann, Long Prairie, District 5; Suzanne Vold, Glenwood, District 7; John Merdan, Avon, District 9; Daniel J. Olson, Paynesville, District 11; Jeff Fasching, Winsted, District 13; Barbra Liebenstein, Dundas, District 15; James Dose, Lake City, District 17; Jody Hoffman, Waseca, District 19; and Andy Kronebusch, Winona, District 21.

State Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson also released the results from the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council elections. Council members are turkey industry representatives who serve as leaders and advocates for the Minnesota turkey industry and work to improve its profitability and viability.

These council members will serve three-year terms: Kent Meschke, Little Falls, Region 1; Kim Gorans, Willmar, Region 2; Gene Brownfield, Redwood Falls, Duane Jaenicke, Roseau, and Robert Orsten, Willmar, At Large.