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Three file for new Becker County Board seat in DL -- 6 file for three seats on Frazee School Board

Candidate filing has closed and two contested races have emerged for the Becker County Board:

• Craig Fontaine of 1058 Villa Lane, Mark Hagedorn of 1246 Lake Ave. and Ben Grimsley of 1030 Lake Ave. have filed in District 2 in Detroit Lakes -- an open seat created by redistricting.

• Commissioners John Okeson and Gerry Schram are both in District 3 due to redistricting and will face off in November.

The other three commissioners -- Donald Skarie (District 4) Larry Knutson (District 1) and Barry Nelson (District 5) have all filed and will run unopposed.

Six file in Frazee

Six candidates have filed in the Frazee-Vergas School Board race.

Seven or more candidates are needed for a primary election to be held, so the top three vote-getters will be seated in the Nov. 6 general election.

The candidates are: Incumbents Dana Laine (who has an Osage address) and Steve Jepson (who has a Detroit Lakes address) and challengers Mary Lepisto (Frazee), Don Trieglaff (Frazee) Tammie Nunn (Frazee), and Amie Erickson (Rochert).

Incumbent Keith Janu did not file for reelection.

There are three seats open on the school board, all with four-year terms.

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.

Legislature up for grabs

The entire Minnesota legislature is up for election this year because of redistricting required by the federal census.

In Senate District 2, DFL incumbent Rod Skoe of Clearbrook will again face GOP candidate Dennis Moser, also of Clearbrook.

In Senate District 4, DFLer Kent Eken of Twin Valley will face GOP candidate Phil Hansen of Detroit Lakes. Eken is an educator and Minnesota House representative. Hansen is a retired pro-football player and small business owner.

DFL Senator Keith Langseth, who has held the seat for years, is retiring.

In Minnesota House District 4B, Republican candidate Paul Sandman of Hawley is challenging DFL incumbent Paul Marquart of Dilworth.

Soil and Water Board

Three people have filed for three open seats on the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

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

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

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

Candidates wanting to withdrawal from a race have until 5 p.m. on June 7 to do so.

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