Four candidates are seeking three open seats on the Spring Grove Board of Education for District #297 for a four-year term, and one is seeking a two-year term as part of a special election. Challenger Stephanie Jaster is facing incumbents Kristy Folz, Christian Myrah and Aaron Solum for the three four-year spots while Eric Bjerke is running unopposed for the two-year seat he currently holds.

All candidates but Aaron Solum responded to the questionnaire from the Spring Grove Herald. Below are their responses listed in alphabetical order. Each response was limited to 150 words.

Aaron Solum, age 42 - self-employed carpenter and rural mail carrier

I am married to Lynn, and we have four children, Isaak, Gabe, Adin and Lydia. I have my own construction business and also serve as full-time mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Editor's note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Solum was unable to complete his questionnaire. He is an incumbent seeking a third-term and has served as board chair since 2007.