One city and several area school districts will have fall elections in the Brainerd lakes area.
In Staples, incumbent Mike Goff will be challenged by Bruce Nelsen for the two-year mayoral term. There are three four-year terms open on the city council. Those filing include incumbents Bruce Drone, Brian Niemann and Mike Verlennich, as well as challengers Al Northquest and Rich Japke.
In Brainerd, there are three four-year terms open on the Brainerd School Board. Those who filed include Reed Campbell, David Colvin, incumbent Ruth Gmeinder, Lois Hansen, Jeff Hilborn, Cheryal Lee Hills, Michael Lambert, Kent Montgomery, Ruth Nelson and Stephen Park.
The following area school districts have school board elections or a referendum scheduled:
Crosby-Ironton -- The school board is considering a general revenue operating referendum. A school board special meeting is planned Monday to discuss the issue.
Little Falls -- The school board has asked for a general revenue operating referendum of $600 per pupil unit in the 2004-05 school year and $633 per pupil unit for the remaining four years.
This levy would generate an estimated $1.98 million in revenue for the 2004-05 school year and an estimated $2.04 million in revenue for the remaining four school years.
Pequot Lakes -- There are four four-year terms open. Those filing include incumbents Mike Clasen, Deb Hallbeck, David Kennedy and Jean Kraft. Challengers who filed include Kimberly Bolz-Andolshek, John Derksen, Bill Hurley and Susan Mathison-Young.
Pillager -- There are three four-year terms open. Those filing include Douglas Seltz, Ian Newkirk, Doug Hamilton, Terry Hollingsworth, Sheryl J. Williams, Scott W. Mudgett, Rodney Horner and Gene Squires.
The school board has asked residents to increase the general education revenue by up to $275 per pupil unit for 10 years. Voters will be asked two questions: To allow the district to levy $175 per pupil unit and then another $100 per pupil unit. The additional $100 per pupil unit is contingent upon approval of the initial $175 per pupil unit.
The $175 per pupil unit would bring in $89,000 in revenue for the district and the state would give the district $121,000. If the second question succeeds it would generate an additional $51,000 in local revenue plus $31,000 in state aid.
Staples-Motley -- There are three four-year terms open. Those filing include incumbents Paul Anderson, Chad Longbella and Ken Swecker, as well as challengers Randy Jenkins and Scott Deegan.
The school board has asked residents to increase the general education revenue by $794 per pupil unit. If voters approve the referendum, it would generate about $1.5 million per year for six years.
Verndale -- There are three four-year terms open. Those filing include incumbent Marcus Edin and challengers Brad Kempe, Naomi Moyer and Denise Bramer.
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