The three Fillmore Central School Board members up for reelection are running unopposed to retain their three seats. From left are Dr. Ross Kiehne, Jim Love and Deb Ristau.
The three Fillmore Central School Board members up for reelection are running unopposed to retain their three seats. From left are Dr. Ross Kiehne, Jim Love and Deb Ristau.
Three seats are open for reelection on the Fillmore Central School Board this year. The current members in those three positions are once again seeking election to the board. They are Dr. Ross Kiehne, Jim Love and Deb Ristau.

A special election will be held to fill the seat being vacated by the resignation of John Torgrimson. See related story in this issue.

Kiehne is a veterinarian, married to Jennifer and the father to Samantha Kiehne, a freshman at the University of Minnesota and Matson Kiehne a freshman at Fillmore Central. He is also the stepfather to Bennet Oelkers, a sixth grader at Fillmore Central and Jordan Oelkers, a fourth grader at Fillmore Central.

Love is a self-employed farmer, married to Shannon and father to Andy, 16, a junior at Fillmore Central, and Alex, 12, a seventh grader at Fillmore Central.

Ristau is a financial assistance supervisor for Fillmore County Community Services. She is married to Doug and is mother to Kelsey, Katie and Brady.

The candidates answered three questions regarding their motivation to file for the school board and their priorities and vision for the school district.

Dr. Ross Kiehne

1. I have been a member of the Fillmore Central School Board for four years and chairman for three of those years. I wish to be reelected in order to continue the work for the district in maintaining a strong school focusing on the education of the kids along with providing a well-rounded curriculum.

2. One characteristic that has enabled me to be a valuable member of the board is the ability to hear all sides of an issue - taking all aspects and opinions into account and then do what is best not only for the district but most importantly what is best for the students of the school.

3. I think there are always issues coming up in front of the board and know that student performance, curriculum and technology are three of the key ones for me. A couple issues that I feel were addressed well by the board in the past four years include the movement of the seventh and eighth graders to the high school - there were very good budgetary and curriculum reasons to do so and it has paid off. A second and very important action of the board was to hire a new superintendent, which went well and I feel has led to strong leadership in the district.

James Love

1. I have served for four years as a Fillmore Central School Board member. I enjoy working with Fillmore Central's students, parents, teachers, administration and community. I am proud of the school district's many academic and extra-curricular achievements.

2. I am very committed to providing the best education possible for our students. I want to ensure that Fillmore Central students get the highest quality education in order to be successful adults.

3. Adding technology to the school buildings is a major priority for me. I feel adding technology will increase the quality of our student's education and better prepare them for life after high school.

Deb Ristau

1. I have been a member of the Fillmore Central School Board for the past nine years. I feel it has been a privilege to serve this district and to play a role in providing a quality education to the children of this district.

2. My family has been very involved in the Fillmore Central School District, both my husband and I were raised here. Our two daughters, Kelsey and Katie, graduated from Fillmore Central and our son, Brady, is a seventh grader this year. Kelsey has worked at the daycare center; Doug has been part of the "Chain Gang" for football. Doug and I have served as chaperones for the senior class and band trips. I have coached basketball for many years. I feel being an active part in the school district is very important. When you interact with the administration, staff, parents and students, I feel you learn a lot of what we are doing well and areas that need to be addressed.

3. Technology, this will be an area that will be receiving a lot of attention. We need to expand in this area to assist our children to prepare for their future, and as a school district we need to provide them with the tools to succeed.