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Tight race decided in Dassel Township

March 17, 2008

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Spring township elections Tuesday resulted in mainly incumbents being elected, except for a tight race in Dassel Township, and a large turnout in Ellsworth over other issues.

In Dassel Township, incumbent supervisor Orville Anderson was re-elected with eight votes. Ronald Peterson received seven write-in votes for supervisor. Karin Colberg was re-elected township clerk with 15 votes. A total of 15 ballots were cast, according to Colberg.

In Ellsworth Township, incumbent supervisor Roger Werner was re-elected with 68 votes. Gordy Seiffert was elected clerk with 52 votes. A total of 72 ballots were cast.

Werner said Ellsworth Township had a big turnout because some controversial issues were being considered at the annual meeting. The township is considering whether to build a new town hall or renovate the present one. The township also is considering whether to bid out its garbage hauling, Werner said.

In Collinwood Township, incumbent supervisor Randy Holm was re-elected with 15 votes. Larry Ostlund was re-elected township clerk with 15 votes. A total of 15 ballots were cast. After the election, the 2009 township budget of $174,840 was adopted at the annual meeting, according to Ostlund.

In Stockholm Township, incumbent supervisor Paul Yates was re-elected with 46 votes. Diane Johnson was elected township clerk with 29 write-in votes. A total of 51 ballots were cast, according to Amanda Zeidler, former township clerk who did not re-file.

In Cokato Township, incumbent supervisor Dan Bravinder was re-elected with 24 votes. Brad Morris was elected clerk with 16 write-in votes. There were also 10 other write-in votes cast for the clerk position. Dan Siltala didn’t re-file for clerk. A total of 26 ballots were cast, according to Siltala.

In French Lake Township, incumbent supervisor Mike Granquist was re-elected with 26 votes. Rosanne Peterson was re-elected clerk with 26 votes. A total of 26 ballots were cast, according to Peterson.

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