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Township voters in Goodhue County head to polls

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Township residents headed to the polls Tuesday, mainly voting in incumbents or unopposed candidates.

Wacouta Township decided to stay with Red Wing for fire services, Clerk Laura Lutjen said, but had to raise the levy more than $16,000 to cover the costs.

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Voters were deciding supervisor and treasurer races in most townships, and many rural areas also held their annual meetings Tuesday, finalizing levy amounts.

Belle Creek

Chad Ryan was elected supervisor and Bill Gorman treasurer, both with 38 votes.

The levy remains at $143,000, with $127,500 for roads and bridges, $7,500 for fire, $2,000 for ambulance and $6,000 for the general fund.

Belvidere

Alan Breuer was elected supervisor and Kevin Voth was elected treasurer.

The levy remains at $125,000, with $103,000 for roads and bridges, $7,000 for fire and ambulance and $15,000 for the general fund.

Cannon Falls

Ray Otto won re-election as supervisor with 34 votes, and Mary Ann Maneval was elected treasurer with 22 votes. People cast one write-in vote for supervisor and four for treasurer.

Cherry Grove

Jill Palof ran for supervisor and Julie Dyrdahl for treasurer, both unopposed.

Featherstone

Incumbent Supervisor Carl Bang and Treasurer Chuck Kinney both ran unopposed.

Florence

Incumbent Joe Ellingson was elected treasurer with 110 votes against Ron Christians' 80 votes. Thomas Gnotke was named treasurer with 170 votes. The levy was set at $265,350.

Goodhue

George Raasch and Gerald Puppe, incumbent supervisor and treasurer, both ran unopposed and were re-elected.

The levy will remain at $168,000, with $100,000 dedicated to roads and bridges, $9,000 for fire and ambulance, and $59,000 for the general fund.

Hay Creek

Randy Veith sought re-election as supervisor and Brad Kolberg ran for treasurer.

Holden

Holden Township held its election in November to coincide with the general election.

Kenyon

Kenyon Township held its election in November to coincide with the general election. The annual meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Leon

Incumbent Marc Hernke was elected supervisor with 23 votes, and incumbent Larry Olson was elected treasurer with 22 votes. There was one write-in for treasurer.

The levy was set at $194,500, with $130,000 for the road and bridge fund, $30,500 for the fire fund and $34,000 for the general fund.

Minneola

Incumbent Bill Budensiek was elected supervisor with 69 votes over Todd Syverson, who received 19 votes. Lois Scharpen ran unopposed for treasurer and was elected with 83 votes.

A special election was held for clerk, and incumbent Sarah Pettit was elected with 82 votes. There was one write-in for clerk.

The levy increased to $170,000, with $140,000 for road and bridge, $20,000 for fire and ambulance and $10,000 for the general fund.

Pine Island

Richard Miller was elected as the new supervisor and Kenneth Markson as treasurer, both with 25 votes. There were two write-ins for supervisor, and candidate Judy Clementson received two votes for treasurer. The levy will remain the same at $155,000.

Roscoe

Incumbents Brian Hoven and Gale Hoven both ran unopposed for supervisor and treasurer respectively.

Stanton

Bob Benson was elected supervisor and Jennifer Ritzman was elected treasurer. The levy was set at $215,000, down $3,000.

Vasa

Incumbents Mike Carlson and Alan Lindell were elected supervisor and treasurer, respectively, each with 12 votes.

Wacouta

There were no official candidates for supervisor. Myron "Mickey" Payne was elected as a write-in candidate with 56 votes. Five other candidates received a total of eight write-in votes.

The levy was approved at $151,530, up from $135,389.29.

The jump was due to the price increase of the fire contract with the city of Red Wing, which the township signed Tuesday, Clerk Laura Lutjen said.

Wanamingo

There were no filings for supervisor, and Lars Romo was elected with 40 write-in votes. Three other candidates received a total of 28 write-in votes. Donna Enzenauer was elected treasurer with 64 votes, with two write-ins.

The levy was set at $177,000, with $137,000 for the road and bridge fund, $20,000 for fire and $20,000 for the general fund.

Warsaw

Jon Stordahl was named supervisor with 30 votes and incumbent Treasurer Diane McCorkell won with 32 votes. There were two write-ins for supervisor.

The levy was set at $180,000, the same as two years ago but up from last year's $170,000.

Welch

Supervisor candidate Dan Bauer and incumbent Treasurer Joan Slingsby were both elected with no write-ins. The levy will stay at $212,000.

Zumbrota

Incumbents Roger Ballstadt and Darren Pahl won re-election as supervisor and treasurer. The levy will stay the same at $139,000.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
(651) 301-7877
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