A member of a family whose roots go deep in Dorset history won the $1-per-vote drawing for mayor Sunday at Taste of Dorset.
Loren Avenson, 86, is originally from Nevis but currently lives in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. with Julia, his wife of almost 64 years. He is retired from a career in construction. Members of First Lutheran Church in Dorset, the couple has seven children, 21 grandchildren and 34 great-grandkids.
One of those grandchildren is Levi Durgin, who owns Compañeros and Dorset House. An Avenson ancestor named Peter started Compañeros, Loren said.
Asked about his campaign promises for his year in office, he said, “Light rail from Dorset to the ballpark in Minneapolis – that’s the main one I was running on.
“We were talking about some type of overpass in Dorset to get from one side of the street to the other without being run over,” he added. “We were talking about a lot of ideas. I guess I’ll have to work at it.”
A big crowd turned out for Taste of Dorset, lining up under the blazing sun for snacks, drinks and merchandise put forward by local businesses, organizations and church members. Food was plentiful, but shady resting places were in high demand.
During the four-hour event, a dance troupe performed Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” in the middle of the street. Also providing musical entertainment were the bands Northern Bass and D.L. and the Clean Starts, while the Hubbard County Mounted Posse patrolled the area.