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Haarstick re-elected as Vergas mayor; Flateland upset in council race

Vergas' mayor will remain, but the council will see change.

Mayoral incumbent Dean Haarstick faced newcomer Tracey Buhl, and city council incumbent Myles Flateland was challenged by Kevin Zitzow and Paul Pinke. There were two seats open on the council.

"What this election showed, throughout the local, state and nationals, is people are looking for change. Change to make things better and be more responsive to the people," Haarstick said.

He said, as John McCain had stated in conceding the presidential election on Tuesday, "now is the time to put our differences away and solves our problems together to get the city and country back on track."

Haarstick took the majority of the vote, with 135 votes to Buhl's 71. There were two write-in votes.

On the council, Flateland was knocked out of his seat when Zitzow received 155 votes, Pinke 149 votes and Flateland just 79 votes. There were four write-in votes.

"The voters have spoken," Pinke said. "It's a good council now, and we'll go on to further improve our city council and government."

Zitzow did not return phone calls seeking comment.

For Otter Tail Commissioner District 1, Douglas Huebsch took 4,017 of the votes to Douglas Ackling's 2,286.