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No matter which side of the county line they're on, Osakis residents have several options in choosing their next county commissioner this fall.

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For the first time in six years, enough candidates have filed in both the Douglas County and Todd County races for each to hold a primary prior to the November general election.

In Douglas, vying to represent District 3 are incumbent Bev Bales and challengers Jeff Callaghan and Dave Erickson.

Across the border, District 5 commissioner Randy Neumann is seeking re-election but must first face-off against former county commissioner Ken Sorenson and newcomer Dave Drager.

Only the top two vote-getters in each primary will move on to their respective general election.

Primaries will be held Tuesday, September 9, with the general election set to follow on November 4.

DISTRICT 5 COUNTY COMMISSIONER

CANDIDATES

Randy Neumann

Age: 48

Personal: Married with two children, four stepchildren and 11 stepgrandchildren; fourth generation resident of county.

Profession: Owner of snowmobile and all-terrain-vehicle repair shop; owner of VOLS Racing; worked in automated packaging machine business for 18 years.

Other experience: District 5 county commissioner (2005-08); commissioner representative for 27 county committees; commissioner chairperson (2007-08); completed St. Cloud State University leadership course; member of Central Minnesota Council on Aging; attended 2008 National Association of Counties; served on WesMN Board for 3.5 years

I'm running because: "In the past four years I have learned a lot about county government. If elected I will take that experience and move forward to help District 5 and the county to be the best place to live and raise a family. My goals include: continue working to keep taxes lower, inform legislators that we cannot continue to pay for more state and federal unfunded mandated expenses, work for fair and balanced property taxes and assessments, making Todd County economically and environmentally sound."

Why me: "I push for integrity, honesty, accountability, and have fought diligently for all constituents for the betterment of Todd County. When I make a mistake I will admit it, accept it and learn from it. Call me any time, and I will always return your call or e-mail if not available. I feel I am patient, kind, diplomatic and trustworthy. I continually work to improve myself by attending district and state Association of Minnesota County meetings. I will go the extra mile for my constituents."

Contact: (320) 859-5970; randyneumann@co.todd.mn.us

Ken Sorenson

Age: (Left blank)

Personal: Married with one son; county resident for more than 40 years

Profession: Retired

Other experience: Worked for Spencer Foods for 20 years; president of United Dressed Beef for three years; Osakis School Board member (1989-90); County commissioner (1991-2005).

I'm running because: "I'm not exactly happy with what I see is going on. I still believe I can do good for the county."

Why me: "I've had the experience and I'm honest, with integrity. I'm a truthful person and I like to keep the public informed. I'm on the conservative side, so I like to control taxes. I'm a person who can work with people, get along with people, and we've always been able to get along when I'm on boards."

Dave Drager

Age: 57

Personal: Married with four daughters and six grandsons; lifelong county resident.

Profession: Driver for Alexandria Concrete; farmer.

Other experience: Served on Little Sauk Township Board for 19 years; served on Long Prairie Creamery Board; member of Land O' Lakes Board; member of Calvary Lutheran Church and Little Sauk Cemetery Board; Vietnam veteran.

I'm running because: "Taxes is one of the biggest things. A lot of people wanted me to run, so I decided to run."

Why me: "The main reason to vote for me is we need change."

Contact: (320) 732-3885

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