Primary possible for county board position
A third candidate has announced plans to seek the Douglas County Commissioner District 3 position, which would trigger a primary election this September.
Dave Erickson of Osakis contacted the Echo Press last Wednesday to say that he will file for the position.
Incumbent Bev Bales of Carlos said she intends to seek re-election and Jeff Callaghan of Carlos announced his candidacy last month.
The filing period opens on July 1 and runs through July 15.
If all three candidates follow through on their plans, a primary election would be held Tuesday, September 9. The two top vote-getters would be listed on the ballot for the general election in November.
Erickson ran for county commissioner eight years ago and lost, but he said he hasn't lost his interest to serve the residents of District 3, which includes the townships of Miltona, Spruce Hill, Osakis, Orange, Carlos and Belle River, and the cities of Osakis, Miltona, Nelson and Carlos.
"I have a life-long interest in what has taken place in our area," Erickson said in an e-mail to the newspaper. "At this point in my life, I would like to help shape our county for the future."
Erickson said his biggest assets are listening, looking at all sides of issues and making the best decisions for all. He added that he is also hard working and honest.
Erickson, 52, is the third generation in his family to operate the family farm in Osakis Township.
He's been married to Pam for 32 years and they have five daughters, four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
In 2000, he sold his dairy herd and went to work at Mills Fleet Farm, where he's been working for the last eight years.
The Ericksons made some changes on the farm and in 2004, started a venture into "agritourism," opening the farm to the public so families can experience a taste of farm life with animals and birds in their natural setting. It's known as Erickson's Petting Zoo.
Erickson has been involved with the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life since 1978, served on the St. Agnes School Board for nine years and has been a member of the Osakis Public School Board for 12 years. He's a past chairman of the Osakis Festival Parade.
He also serves as a Eucharistic minister at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and is a former guardian for vulnerable adults.