Erickson, Steffl reelected to Detroit Lakes School Board; third seat narrowly goes to Henderson

Two incumbent Detroit Lakes School Board members won their bids for re-election Tuesday night, while the third seat up for grabs in the 2020 general election went to first-time candidate Courtney Henderson.

Amy Erickson, who currently serves as board chairwoman, and John Steffl, the current vice chairman, will each serve another four years on the board, after receiving 25.2% (5,454 votes) and 21.49% percent (4,649 votes), respectively.

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Detroit Lakes School Board Chairman Amy Erickson won her bid for reelection Tuesday. (Submitted Photo)

"It feels great," said Erickson in a telephone interview late Tuesday night. "I am grateful to the voters of the Detroit Lakes School District who put their faith in me, and I'm excited to serve another term on the board."


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John Steffl

Steffl noted that he was "pleased" with the outcome. "I certainly appreciate the trust and confidence people put in me to represent them, and I'm looking forward to it."

Fellow board member Jane Foltz, who opted not to seek another term, will be succeeded by Henderson in January.

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Former Detroit Lakes Middle School teacher Courtney Henderson. (Submitted Photo)

Henderson faced a strong challenge from Ron Sprafka, who lost by about a half percent, receiving 4,066 votes (18.8%) to Henderson's 4,200 (19.42%).


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Ron Sprafka

Candidate Ethan Walz received 2,312 votes, or just under 10.7% of the total ballots cast, while Gary Coson received 865 votes, or 4% of the total.

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Ethan Walz

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Gary Coson

Results of Tuesday's election won't become official until the Becker County canvassing board meets on Friday, Nov. 13.

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