Township elections are today; did you vote?
Grassroots government needs a little tending today. It's township election time.
Eighteen of the 20 townships in Douglas County will hold elections and annual meetings today, March 12. Brandon and Miltona townships hold their elections in the fall but will still have meetings.
Here's a look at what voters will find in each of the townships.
Two incumbent supervisors, Joel Dahlheimer and Lyle Hammerschmidt, have filed for re-election and face no challengers. Hammerschmidt took over Louis Ross' spot on the board after Ross resigned. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
Although it will not hold an election, Brandon Township will have its annual meeting on Tuesday, Minnesota Township Day, at 7 p.m., at the Brandon Community Center.
The key agenda item is to set the tax levy for 2014. The Brandon Township Board of Audit is proposing a small levy increase. Also on the agenda is setting public notice places and the time and place of next year's annual meeting. The Brandon Fire Department will talk about its work during the past year and provide information on its budget request from the township. A representative from the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, which has helped to develop various businesses in the Brandon area, will present its request for funding.
Other agenda items include a report on the township road sign maintenance project; township dust control; county park planning; and Xcel Energy's CapX2020 transmission line project.
Residents will have a chance to vote for a treasurer and one supervisor position. Rod Seward filed for supervisor and Vangie Miller filed for treasurer. They're both incumbents. Voting will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Belle River. The township's annual meeting will be held after the polls close.
Incumbent supervisor Dwayne Waldorf has filed for re-election, along with incumbent treasurer, Dean Yohnke. They face no challengers on the ballot. Polls will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
No one has filed for a supervisor position that is currently held by Kay Satterlie. Treasurer Jeanine Henneman has filed for re-election. Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
Ron Klimek, incumbent, is the only one to file for supervisor. Polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
Two incumbents, supervisor Dan New and treasurer Cindy VanLuik, are running unopposed for re-election. Polls will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
Supervisor Dan Diedrich has filed for another term and faces no challengers. John Rolf has filed for the treasurer position that is being vacated by Palmer Krueger, who is retiring after 39 years of service to the township. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
Richard "Dick" Bromley filed for re-election as supervisor. He is running unopposed. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.
Supervisor Dean Radil and treasurer Julie Freier, both incumbents, are running for re-election and face no challengers on the ballot. Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. The annual meeting is set for 8:15 p.m.
The two incumbents up for election, supervisor Dale Diedrich and treasurer Barb Guenther, have both filed for another term. They face no challengers. Polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. The annual meeting will start at 8:15 p.m.
Two candidates are vying for a one-year supervisor term - Troy Hart and Brett Bogenries. Each of them would be new on the board. Incumbent Wayne Martin has filed for the other supervisor spot up for election. Incumbent treasurer Renae Odens is also running for re-election.
Incumbent Ken Kuhn has filed for the supervisor spot and Patricia Bock is seeking re-election as treasurer. They're both running unopposed. Polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow. Also, from 3 to 8 p.m., the township will host an open house to showcase the new township garage. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Even though it won't be having an election, the township will hold its annual meeting. It will take place at the Miltona Community Center at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Township residents are encouraged to attend and hear about the budget, levy and a recap of the township's year.
No one has filed for an open supervisor position. Fred Krafthefer was appointed to the spot after incumbent Bruce Strandskov moved away. Florence Chlian has filed for treasurer to replace Patricia Botner, who retired from the post. Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.
Dave Boogaard is running for supervisor and Newton Earl is running for treasurer. Both are incumbents. The township's annual meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Pollard Community Center in Osakis. Voting will be open after the annual meeting and remain open through 8 p.m.
Voters will be asked to select one supervisor on the ballot next Tuesday. Gene Rasmusen, incumbent, is running for supervisor. Voting will be held at the Pollard Community Center from 5 to 8 p.m. The township's annual meeting will be held following the election at 8:15 p.m.
Incumbent Joe Martinson is running unopposed for the supervisor post. Treasurer Kevin Holl is also running for re-election and faces no challengers. Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. The annual meeting will take place at 4 p.m.
Two positions are up for election: the supervisor spot held by Brad Lusty and treasurer post held by Henry Ahrens. They have both filed for re-election and face no challengers on the ballot. Polls will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. and the annual meeting will take place at 8:15 p.m.
Brent Johnson, incumbent supervisor, is running unopposed, as is the incumbent treasurer, Shirley Thompson. Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. The annual meeting is set for 4 p.m.