Akeley has new mayor; Nevis referendum splits
In the uncontested bids for Park Rapids School Board, incumbents Sherry Safratowich, with 4,004 votes, Gary Gauldin, 3,536 votes and David Otterness, 3,390 votes, will return to office.
Nevis School District 308 voters approved $2.445 million in upgrades at the school by a narrow, 19-vote, 51-percent margin, with 773 voting in favor, 754 opposed.
A second question did not earn the nod, however. The $580,000 proposal calling for enlarging the industrial technology wood shop and adding a hallway to the Tiger Arena lobby was defeated 836 to 678.
"We're very pleased," superintendent Steve Rassier said of voters approving the three-pronged proposal, expected to be complete by fall 2013.
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring for an Early Childhood Family Education addition on the east end of the building, the approximate $1 million cost offset by a $500,000 grant for the project.
Portable classrooms on the west side of the high school will be replaced with three permanent classrooms and men's and women's restrooms will be added.
A handicap accessible boys' locker room will be constructed in the existing band room area on the northwest side of the school and a new band room will be added on the east side of the original gym.
A permanent storage area will be built adjacent to the original gym area.
The three Nevis School Board members elected are Jeannette Dudley, earning 944 votes, Justin Isaacson with 871 votes and incumbent Ed Becker, 760 votes. Dudley was appointed to the board after a member's resignation.
Paul Schroeder will once again assume the role of mayor, earning 74 percent of the votes with 146. Challenger Rick Carson received 52 votes, 26 percent.
Candidates earning council positions are Tom Frank with 117 votes and incumbent Heidi Schmeichel, 112 votes.
Janie Creger received 80 votes in her bid for a council seat.
A new mayor will be pounding the gavel in Akeley.
Voters elected former Hubbard County chief deputy Jerry Tatro to the position with 116 votes (62 percent) over incumbent mayor Jennifer Mitchell's 70 votes (37 percent).
Tatro, who was recovering from shoulder surgery this week, said, "I would like to thank everyone who supported me and put their trust in me to make Akeley a better place. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work."
The hotly contested two council seats will be filled by Dan Riggs, earning 96 votes, and Trygve Karl, 67 votes. Karl was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council a few months ago.
Other candidates and votes earned are appointed incumbent Terry Chalich, 47, Kevin Gentry, 44, and Donald Sabinske, 39 votes. There were five write-in votes.
Troy Hegg, the single candidate for the four-year council position, earned 116 votes with 41 write-ins.
The four incumbents running for re-election for Menahga School Board will remain on the board.
Incumbents Curtis Hasbargen, Al Peterson and Brad Goehrig will fill the three open four-year terms. Hasbargen had 952 votes, Peterson had 1,149 votes and Goehrig had 1,181 votes. Daniel Rippentrop received 614 votes and there were 45 write-ins.
For the two-year seat, incumbent Durwin Tomperi won the election with 919 votes. Tim Ellingson had 746 votes and there were seven write-ins.
In Laporte, Joseph Sawyer will assume the role of mayor, earning 49 votes, and Amy LaRose and Dwight Powell will fill council seats, with 30 and 42 votes, respectively.
Laporte School District 306 voters elected board members Sally Raddatz, 637 votes; John Seegmiller, 524; Jean Lewandowski, 516; and Cynthia Doke, 435 votes, to the four positions. David Patterson received 258 votes.