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Township election results reported

After a late-winter snowstorm postponed all but one township election last week, voters in 19 of the 20 townships went to the polls on Tuesday, March 17.

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Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson A supervisor race in Carlos Township spurred 85 residents to the polls Tuesday. Challenger Ted Steidl was the winner, edging Kevin Gorghuber by 15 votes.

After a late-winter snowstorm postponed all but one township election last week, voters in 19 of the 20 townships went to the polls on Tuesday, March 17.

Some townships saw a large turnout, such as Ida Township with 220 ballots cast, while others saw a very low voter turnout - Evansville Township had 11 voters while Orange Township had 15 and Osakis Township saw 19 voters.

LaGrand Township was the only township to have an election on March 10 and 164 voters braved the blustery weather to cast their ballots. In the township's only race, incumbent supervisor Gerhard "Gary" Thoennes emerged as the winner, defeating Greg Niblett, by a 129 to 35 margin.

Results for the other 19 townships in Douglas County are listed below.

  • Alexandria Township: With a voter turnout of 25 people, Bryon Alstead was re-elected to the three-year supervisor position. He received 25 votes.
  • Belle River Township: Although neither incumbent refiled, they were both re-elected. Lonnie Collins remains the supervisor after receiving 11 votes and Angie Nelson will remain treasurer after she received 15 votes. There were a total of 21 votes cast.
  • Brandon Township: There was a high voter turnout - 191 votes were cast. Newcomer Jennifer Lanners beat out incumbent Don Buse by a margin of more than three to one. Lanners received 148 votes, while Buse received 43. Diane Smith was re-elected as treasurer with 178 votes.

In addition, voters approved a special question on the ballot asking if township elections should be moved from March to November and be held the same time as general elections. The vote was approved by a large margin - 177 yes votes to 14 no votes.

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  • Carlos Township: Challenger Ted Steidl beat out incumbent supervisor Kevin Gorghuber by a vote of 50-35. Dwayne Waldorf, supervisor, and Dean Yohnke, treasurer, were both re-elected to their positions. Waldorf received 62 votes and Yohnke received 77 votes. A total of 85 people voted.
  • Evansville Township: It had the lowest voter turnout in the county - only 11 people cast their votes. Both incumbents - Douglas Lee for supervisor and Jeanine Henneman for treasurer - were re-elected. They each received 11 votes.
  • Holmes City Township: With a total of 59 votes, David Fahlin was re-elected to the three-year supervisor position.
  • Hudson Township: After a total of 55 ballots were cast, Ron Fenelon was elected through a write-in campaign for the supervisor position. He received the most votes, which was 18. Incumbent treasurer Cindy VanLuik was re-elected with 48 votes.
  • Ida Township: With a three-way contested race for the supervisor position, there was a high turnout of voters - 220 people cast their ballot. The winner was Thomas Scearcy with 114 votes. Daniel Diedrich received 99 votes and Michael Elias received four of the votes. Palmer Krueger, who ran unopposed, received 175 votes and was re-elected as treasurer.
  • Lake Mary Township: Both incumbents - Brad Brejcha (supervisor) and Julie Freier (treasurer) - were re-elected to their positions. There were 38 voters and each candidate received 38 votes.
  • Leaf Valley Township: Both incumbents were re-elected to their positions - Dan Jost for the three-year supervisor term and Barb Guenther for the two-year treasurer term. There were 43 voters and each candidate received 43 votes.
  • Lund Township: John Lindquist, who filed for the supervisor position, was elected with 20 votes. He will take over for Craig Berglund, who did not refile. Bonnie Anderson also received 20 votes and was re-elected as treasurer.
  • Millerville Township: Although he did not refile for the position, Steve Boesl was re-elected as supervisor. Donna Korkowski was re-elected to the treasurer position. There were 48 votes cast.
  • Miltona Township: Keith Baldwin, who filed for the supervisor position, was elected with 110 of the 187 votes cast. And although he didn't refile for the supervisor position, Donald Henning received 68 votes. Henning served 35 consecutive years as a township supervisor and was recognized for his years of service at the annual meeting. Constance Marshall was re-elected to the treasurer position. She received 166 votes.
  • Moe Township: It was a close race for the supervisor position with only 19 votes separating the two people who filed for the position. Rod K. Johnson won with 79 votes. Andy Siira received 60 votes. Patricia Botner received 130 votes to be re-elected to the treasurer position.
  • Orange Township: Mitch Zarbok was elected as supervisor with a total of 13 votes. Newton Earl was re-elected as treasurer with 15 votes. A total of 15 votes were cast.
  • Osakis Township: Nineteen people voted in Osakis Township and all 19 cast their ballot to re-elect Duane Boogaard as supervisor.
  • Solem Township: Although he didn't refile for the supervisor position, Kenneth Anderson was re-elected with 26 votes and beat out Terry Randt, who had filed for the position. Kevin Holl was re-elected as treasurer with 37 votes. A total of 39 ballots were cast.
  • Spruce Hill Township: With no one filing for the open supervisor position, voters had to write in their choice and newcomer Neil Garret was chosen with 32 votes. There were six others who received votes. Henry Ahrens was re-elected to the treasurer position. He received 55 votes. A total of 73 people voted.

A special question on the ballot failed by an almost four to one margin - 56 no votes to 15 yes votes. Voters were asked if owners or occupants of land that adjoins a town road be required to control and destroy all noxious weeds and/or brush.

  • Urness Township: Both incumbents were voted back into their positions - James Thompson for supervisor with 19 votes and Marlys Jensen for treasurer with 21 votes. A total of 21 ballots were cast.
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