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Hubbard County Comission races will see action

BY Sarah smith

The race for the District 3 Hubbard County Commission seat got very crowded as the deadline arrived.

Five candidates are vying to replace retiring commissioner Greg Larson, who did not file for re-election.

They are Ed Smith, Sam Spaeth, Tom Krueger, Michele Mahowald and Floyd Frank.

Smith is a former Hubbard County highway superintendent, a combat veteran of Vietnam, and belongs to several veterans’ organizations.

Spaeth is a 55-year resident that has owned three businesses in the county, including Sammy’s, a clothing boutique in Park Rapids. Spaeth said he’s running because “the county has been very good to my wife and me and I’d like to give something back.” His wife passed away one month ago.

Krueger is a real estate agent and a longtime member of the Hubbard County Planning Commission / Board of Adjustment.

Mahowald worked at the Housing and Urban Development office in Park Rapids for 12 years and is on the MAHUBE emergency assistance board. This is her first run at a public office. She currently works part-time as an inventory control clerk at Coborn’s.

Frank has run for office before. He and his wife owned Round Bay Resort on 3rd Crow Wing Lake in Nevis. She passed away in March. He continues to run the resort.

In other filings, former Hubbard County Solid Waste Officer Vern Massie has filed in Dist. 1 against incumbent Kathy Grell, who also has filed.

Grell is running for a second term. She and her husband, Larry, own a housing development business.

In District 5 incumbent Cal Johannsen has filed to run again. So has Schoolcraft Township supervisor Ted Van Kempen, a longtime Schoolcraft Township Supervisor. He is an auto body tech for a Bemidji dealership.

Johannsen is a former chief deputy for the county who also farms near Lake George.

County Attorney Don Dearstyne, Sheriff Cory Aukes and Judge Robert Tiffany have all filed for re-election and are running unopposed.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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