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Stockholm votes for five-member board at township elections
March 19, 2012

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

Election results are in from area townships that conducted elections Tuesday.

Stockholm Township

Ninety-six residents in Stockholm Township turned out to vote for a clerk and supervisor position, as well as whether or not there should be a five-supervisor board.

The positions up for election were that of clerk, held by Jody Selseth, and that of supervisor, held by David Sand. Neither re-filed.

Write-in Andy Engh received 33 votes for supervisor, with David Sand close behind at 24 votes. Selseth had 58 write-in votes for clerk.

The question regarding a five-supervisor board passed with 51 votes for it, and 44 votes against.

During the annual meeting that followed the elections, the board decided to move to a five-member board at the March 2013 election and not hold a special election.

Most townships are a three- supervisor board, depending on the size, and clerks and treasurers are non-voting members.

Becoming a five-member board changes the quorum size from two to three, giving more leeway in regards to the open meeting law.

Also during its annual meeting, the board set the levy at $275,000, up $10,000 from last year, according to Selseth. The board decided it was best to set aside some money for road improvements that will be involved in the County Road 3 project, which is expected to start in June.

Cokato Township

In Cokato Township, the supervisor position of Dean Mahlstedt and the clerk position held by Brad Morris, were up for election. Both incumbents were on the ballot, with Mahlstedt receiving 26 votes, and Morris receiving 32 of the 32 votes cast.

At the annual meeting that followed, the township approved the levy at $240,000 for 2013, the same as last year, Morris noted.

French Lake Township

There were 20 voters that came out to vote for the open supervisor position, held by Daniel Leinonen, and the clerk’s position, held by Rosanne Peterson.

Both incumbents were on the ballot and each received unanimous votes.

Collinwood Township

There were 20 voters in Collinwood Township, and unanimous votes were cast for incumbents David Prieve, supervisor, and Larry Ostlund, clerk.

The levy approved was $182,925, slightly higher than last year’s levy of $179,300. This can be attributed mostly to the sign reflectivity project, Ostlund noted.

Dassel Township

In Dassel Township, the supervisor position held by Karl Townsend and the clerk position held by Karin Colberg, were up for election. Both re-filed.

There were 16 voters, and 15 votes were cast for Townsend, and 16 votes for Colberg.

The levy was approved at $330,000, the same as last year, Colberg noted.

Ellsworth Township

In Ellsworth Township, the supervisor position currently served by Larry Graf, and the clerk position of Gordy Seiffert were up for election. Both incumbents re-filed.

Of the 21 votes cast, both Graf and Seiffert received all 21 votes.

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