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School Board candidates slow to file

Since July 31, the window for running for school board has been open for municipalities and school districts that don't hold primaries.

That window closes on Aug. 14, with races around the county still seeking people to run for their respective school board.

A few, including Kenyon-Wanamingo and Randolph, don't have any candidates running for their respective boards, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Both districts confirmed to the Republican Eagle that no candidates are running yet.

The K-W school district has four open board seats. The Randolph school district has three open board seats.

The Red Wing School District has no people officially listed as running for three open board seats, but current School Board President Arlen Diercks told the Republican Eagle said that he will be seeking re-election and has filed with the Minnesota Secretary of State office.

The Lake City School District is seeking three new board members, with four people applying. The following have filed:

• Thomas Harvey Kregel

• Mike Ohlhaber (incumbent)

• Kevin Pavelka

• Becca Weist (incumbent)

Other school districts seeking school board members:

• Cannon Falls (three open board seats): Anna Olson, Nels Swenning running.

• Pine Island (four open board seats): Jeff Leland (incumbent), Emily Miller (incumbent) running.

• Zumbrota-Mazeppa (three open board seats): Shannon Bauer, Jean Roth (incumbent) running.

If you are interested in running for a school district office, contact the respective clerk in your area.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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