Close elections in Lanesboro, while
incumbents run unopposed elsewhere
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:38 AM
Lanesboro school board and city elections held the only suspense in voting for local offices last Tuesday as the other races in the area had few choices on the ballot.
The Lanesboro School Board had five members seeking three seats. Incumbent David Lawstuen had the most votes with 751. He will likely be joined by newcomers Christine Troendle, a self-employed dairy farmer, with 561 votes and Terri Scott, a Rochester teacher, with 427 votes. The other incumbent, Sara Decker was just 10 votes shy of Scott with 417 while Sarah Pieper had 231 votes.
The Lanesboro School Board is scheduled to meet tonight (Thursday) for a regular meeting. The board will likely canvass the election results during the meeting.
In the city of Lanesboro, Mayor Steve Rahn was re-elected as he was running unopposed, but for the council Tom Smith, a retiree, joins incumbent Thomas Dybing on the council. Dybing received 299 votes, Smith 272 votes and the other incumbent, Ceil Allen, received 193 votes.
In Fountain, Richard Kujath was reelected mayor and Chad Wangen and Dave Gudmundson were reelected to the council.
In Preston, Kurt Reicks was reelected mayor while David Harrison and David Collett were reelected to the council.
In the Fillmore Central School Board race, all the persons listed on the ballot were winners. Ross Kiehne, Deb Ristau and James Love won reelection easily in the general election. In the special election, Emily Ellis was the winner with 85.8 percent of the vote. Write-in candidates, including the announced challenger Josh Krage, received 14.2 percent.