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Challengers emerge

The election filing period ended Tuesday, with many area city councils and school boards seeing last minute interest by some of the candidates.


In Detroit Lakes, there will be several races and a few with only the incumbent running.

Dan Wenner filed for Ward 1; incumbent Leonard Heltemes indicated from the start that he would not be seeking re-election.

In Ward 2, incumbent Dave Aune filed as did Doug Frienshuh.

Ward 3 will only see incumbent GL Tucker, and the two at-large seats have incumbents Madalyn Sukke and Walt Tollefson and challenger Al Brevik

In Frazee, the mayor and two council seats are open. Incumbents Hank Ludtke (mayor) and John Dermody (council) have both filed for re-election. Ken Miosek (incumbent) and Bonnie Julius have also filed for city council.

In Lake Park, there are two council seats available. Incumbent Martin Pepper has filed for re-election. Aaron Wittnebel and Jon B. Anderson have also filed, while incumbent Kim Holloway has opted not to seek another term.

In Audubon, the mayor and two council seats are up for vote. For city council, Gary Bakken, Carol Bergerson, Bob Renney, Donald Holm and Jason Leucuta have filed.

Mayor Terry Johnson is the sole candidate for the mayor position.

In Ogema, incumbent Dan Rousu is the lone candidate for treasurer. Council member James Horack has also filed for re-election, while Martha Williams, Don Morrison and Phil Dassinger are also seeking one of the two open seats. Council member Mel Walk opted not to seek another term.

Other area towns with openings include Callaway with the mayor and two council seats open.

Vergas has two council and the mayor positions open.

Also, in Waubun, the mayor and two council seats are open.

School districts

The Detroit Lakes School Board has three seats up for election this fall with four people expressing interest by the end of Tuesday.

Incumbents David Langworthy and Terrie Boyd plan to run again in November along with Tom Thompson and Brenda Muckenhirn.

On the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School Board, four seats will be up for election this fall.

By Tuesday, seven people filed for candidacy, they are: Incumbents Mark Rothschadl and Barb Fabre; Christie Haverkamp, Mina Spalla, Danielle Clark, Stacy Bly and Jonathan Syverson.

There are seven people seeking four open seats on the Lake Park-Audubon School Board this year.

Incumbents Richard Ellsworth, Vicky Grondahl, Michael McIntire and Jeff Swetland have all filed for re-election.

They will be challenged by Rich Veit, Ryan Quern and Monica LaPoint, who are each seeking their first term on the board.