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They are women, hear them roar: Johnson, Thomas, Pedersen elected to DL School Board

Kylie Johnson1 / 3
Jennifer Pedersen2 / 3
April Thomas3 / 3

It was ladies' choice at this year's Detroit Lakes School Board election, with all three open seats on the board going to women.

Incumbent Kylie Johnson was successful in her bid for re-election on Tuesday, receiving the highest number of ballots cast with 4,181 (23.5 percent).

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve a second term with the Detroit Lakes school district,” Johnson said. "It really is the most rewarding work!

“I’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for supporting the referendum,” she added. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to see the efforts of so many through to completion. Now we dig in, make the plan a reality, and improve conditions for both students and educators.”

Johnson will be joined on the board by newcomers April Thomas and Jennifer Pedersen. Thomas received 3,982 votes (22.4 percent), while Pedersen earned 3,661 (20.6 percent).

The two male candidates, Thomas Trowbridge and Robert Strand, were the odd men out: Trowbridge received 3,120 votes (17.6 percent), while Strand earned 2,764 votes (15.5 percent).

"I'm so excited!" Thomas said upon learning the news. "I'm really honored to receive the people's vote of confidence."

She was equally pleased to learn that the $49.9 million school bond referendum had passed, adding, "It's an exciting time for our community."

Pedersen was likewise elated to learn that she would be joining Johnson and Thomas on the school board in January. "I'm ecstatic," she said, adding, "I'm very honored, and humbled that I have the support of the community. I'm going to do my very best for them... I'm excited and ready to get to work."

Johnson will begin serving her second four-year term in January, while Pedersen and Thomas will be replacing David Langworthy and Brenda Muckenhirn, who opted not to seek re-election.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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