Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Oct. 16, 2000

Profiles of candidates for mayor of Winsted

One person will be elected Nov. 7 for a two year-term.


Don C. Guggemos, Sr.

Family background:

Married 49 years, six children, age 30 to 43, retired.

What is the single most important issue to you at this time?

City taxes and finances.

What location do you favor for a possible new school and why?

I favor the site selected by the architect as the best site.

What do you plan to change once elected?

I don't know that things need to change . . . but leading in new directions is a goal.

How would you replenish the reserve fund?

There is only one way to replenish a fund ­ watching expenses and raising cash.

How do you feel about the former city hall building issue?

Like any other expenditure, you can only do what you can afford.


Floyd G. Sneer

Family background:

Wife, JoAnn; daughter, Brenda; son, Timothy; three grandchildren: Chris, Miranda, Nathan.

What is the single most important issue to you at this time?

Trying to get water and sewer fees lowered. We on the council are in the process of working with the state with a firm to purchase the DFA building.

What location do you favor for a possible new school and why?

Neumann farm, north of Winsted. It is the best location for the school.

What do you plan to change once elected?

Nothing.

How would you replenish the reserve fund?

Let it build gradually as in the past. Hopefully, all the projects the city has done in the past few years will suffice for at least six years.

How do you feel about the former city hall building issue?

I do not feel remodeling is a viable option. It would be too tax-intensive. Other projects the city needs would suffer.


Mike Thonvold

Family background:

Married to Vicki, two daughters: Kayla and Taylor. Children attend Winsted Holy Trinity School. My wife, Vicki, works for Millerbernd Manufacturing Co. in Winsted, and I work for Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of Medina.

What is the single most important issue to you at this time?

Keeping the downtown a viable source of business for the city of Winsted, as well as bringing businesses to the industrial park that will employ members of our community.

What location do you favor for a possible new school and why?

I favor the city of Winsted as a location. What's good for the children of our community must be of first priority. The economic benefits of a new school will follow.

What do you plan to change once elected?

The general atmosphere of the city council meetings. A spirit of cooperation and trust between council members and the public would be my goal.

How would you replenish the reserve fund?

By cutting city departmental costs and keeping tax increases to a minimum.

How do you feel about the former city hall building issue?

I believe it to be a valuable asset to the city of Winsted. It should be saved and used to serve the many city and public needs of the community of Winsted.


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