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Race blooms for auditor-treasurer

Two people have stepped forward in the race to fill the vacant Becker County auditor-treasurer position.

Darin Halvorson and Mary E. Hendrickson both filed for office Tuesday.

The auditor-treasurer position has been vacant since Ryan Tangen took a job with the Detroit Lakes School District earlier this year.

Also, Jerome Flottemesch on Tuesday filed for the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District Board in district 1.

Filing opened last week and will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3.

Eugene Pavelko earlier filed for the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District Board in district 4.

Incumbents Larry Knutson and Ben Grimsley have filed for County Board, and County Attorney Gretchen Thilmoney, who was appointed to the post earlier this year, has filed for election to her first full term.

Former County Attorney Mike Fritz left to become a district judge.

Two have filed for county recorder: Sandra (Sandee) Listul and Patricia Swenson. Long-time Becker County Recorder Marlene Manavel plans to retire.

And two have also filed for county sheriff: Tim Clements and Todd Glander.

Sheriff Kelly Shannon doesn’t plan to run for election. He was appointed to the job two years ago after former Sheriff Tim Gordon resigned.

The filing fee is $50 for county offices and $20 for Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor.

A primary election will be held Aug. 12 for those offices with more than two candidates.

City council and school board elections will also be held Nov. 4, but they don’t generally use primary elections, so filing for those races will be July 29 to Aug. 12.

Also appearing on ballots in Becker County will be contests for U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state representative, governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and Minnesota attorney general.