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Get ready to cast your ballot - Township elections are Tuesday

Next Tuesday, township residents throughout Douglas County will have the opportunity to let their voices be heard. Township elections, which will take place in all 20 local townships, are set for Tuesday, March 10. Polls will open at various time...

Next Tuesday, township residents throughout Douglas County will have the opportunity to let their voices be heard.

Township elections, which will take place in all 20 local townships, are set for Tuesday, March 10. Polls will open at various times, but will all close at 8 p.m.

Positions in most of the townships include one three-year supervisor position and one treasurer position. In some townships, the treasurer position is combined with the clerk and is an appointed position.

This year, there are several contested races and a couple of townships have local issues on the ballot.

For instance, in Brandon Township, residents will decide whether to keep township elections in March, which is when they are typically scheduled for, or if they should be moved to November, when the general elections take place.

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Adrian Ledermann, clerk of Brandon Township, said he has pushed for moving the township elections to the same time as the general election because voter turnout in March is low.

Last year's township elections had less than 5 percent voter turnout. Of 522 registered voters, there were 21 who chose to go to the polls, he said.

Ledermann noted, however, than if there are issues on the ballot or if there are contested races, then voter turnout will go up.

The ballot states: "By voting yes on this question, you are voting to move the Brandon Township elections to the date of the general election beginning November of 2010 and held every even numbered year thereafter, following the state law for changing the tenure of the elected board."

In most townships, the annual meeting will take place after the polls close, but there are a couple that will hold the meeting prior to the polls opening.

Here is a breakdown of the township elections:

Alexandria

Bryon Alstead has refiled for the supervisor position and will be running unopposed. The treasurer position is appointed.

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Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Belle River

Voters will have to choose two write-in candidates - one for the open supervisor position, currently held by Lonnie Collins, and the other for the treasurer position, currently held by Angie Nelson. Neither incumbent refiled.

Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.

Brandon

Two people have filed for the supervisor position including incumbent Don Buse and newcomer Jennifer Lanners. Incumbent Diane Smith has refiled for the treasurer position and will be running unopposed.

Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m, with the annual meeting to follow.

Carlos

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Two people have filed for one of the supervisor positions. Incumbent Kevin Gorghuber refiled and will be running against Ted Steidl. Dwayne Waldorf has refiled for a one-year supervisor position.

Dean Yohnke refiled for the treasurer position and will be running unopposed.

Polls will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Evansville

Both the incumbent supervisor, Douglas Lee, and the incumbent treasurer, Jeanine Henneman, refiled for their positions. Both are running unopposed.

Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Holmes City

David Fahlin has refiled for the supervisor position and will be running unopposed.

Polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Hudson

Voters will have to write in who they want for the supervisor position because the current supervisor, Jim Schoeberl, didn't refile.

Cindy VanLuik refiled for the treasurer position and will be running unopposed.

The polls will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Ida

There is a three-way race for the supervisor position and all candidates are newcomers, including Daniel Diedrich, Michael Elias and Thomas Scearcy. James Conn did not refile for the position.

Palmer Krueger refiled for the treasurer position and will be running unopposed.

The polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

LaGrand

Gerhard "Gary" Thoennes has refiled for his supervisor position and will be running against challenger, Greg Niblett.

The treasurer position is appointed.

The polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Lake Mary

Brad Brejcha, supervisor, and Julie Freier, treasurer, refiled for their positions and will run unopposed.

The polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting set for 11 a.m.

Leaf Valley

Both incumbents refiled for their positions and will run unopposed - Dan Jost for supervisor and Barb Guenther for treasurer.

Polls will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. with the annual meeting to follow.

Lund

Craig Berglund did not refile for his supervisor position. However, John Lindquist filed for the position and will be running unopposed.

Bonnie Anderson, treasurer, refiled for her position and will also run unopposed.

Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Millerville

Charles "Chuck" Rose has filed for the supervisor position, which is currently held by Steve Boesl, who did not refile. Rose will run unopposed.

Donna Korkowski refiled for the treasurer seat and will also run unopposed.

Polls are open from 3 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Miltona

After 35 consecutive years of serving on the township board, supervisor Donald Henning has chosen not to refile. Keith Baldwin has filed for the position and will be running unopposed.

Constance Marshall has refiled for the treasurer position and will also be running unopposed.

Polls are open from 4 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Moe

Fredric Krafthefer did not refile for the supervisor position, but two newcomers did - Andy Siira and Rod Johnson.

Patricia Botner refiled for the treasurer position and will be running unopposed.

Polls are open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow.

Orange

Mitch Zarbok has filed for the supervisor position currently held be Eugene Reed, who did not refile. Zarbok is running unopposed, as is Newton Earl, who refiled for the treasurer position.

Polls will open after the annual meeting, which is slated for 3 p.m.

Osakis

Duane Boogaard has refiled for the supervisor position and will be running unopposed.

Polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow at 8:20 p.m.

Solem

Terry Randt has filed for the supervisor position currently held by Kenneth Anderson, who did not refile. He will be running unopposed, as will Kegin Holl, who has refiled for the treasurer position.

Spruce Hill

No one filed for the open supervisor position, which is currently held by Donald Friese.

Henry Ahrens refiled for the treasurer seat and will be running unopposed.

Spruce Hill Township residents will vote on a ditch maintenance of township roads issue. The ballot states: "Shall the owners or occupants of land that adjoins a town road be required to control and destroy all noxious weeds and/or brush?" Voters need to choose yes or no.

The polls will be open from 1 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting to follow at 8:15 p.m.

Urness

James Thompson, supervisor, and Marlys Jensen, treasurer, both refiled for their positions and will be running unopposed.

The polls will be open from 5 to 8 p.m., with the annual meeting set to take place at 4 p.m.

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