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Local Lac qui Parle School Board candidates

Three positions on the Lac qui Parle Valley School Board will be voted on in the November 8 election. Two of the positions are held locally.

District #3, is currently held by Jon Olson. Olson did not run for re-election. Three residents in this district did file. They are Erik Bjerke, Kent Olson and Susie Olson. This district represents Ward II of the City of Madison, and the townships of Madison, Cerro Gordo, Hantho, and Lac qui Parle.

Also up for election is District #4, which represents the cities of Marietta and Nassau, and the townships of Arena, Augusta, Freeland, Garfield, Hamlin, Manfred, Mehurin, Perry, Providence, Walter and Lakc Shore.

Incumbent Val Halvorson has filed for re-election. Challenging her will be Shannon Boehnke.

In the Appleton area, District #6 is open for election. Currently holding this position is Kim Mitchell, who did not file for re-election.

Earl Molden did file for this position. He is being challenged by a write-in campaign by John Droogsma.

District #6 represents the cities of Correll and Holloway, and the townships of Akron, Appleton, Artichoke, Edison, Fairfield, Hegbert, Moyer, Shible, Stevens, Synnes, and Tara.

Following are some background information and questions posed to the local candidates.

John Droogsma
John and wife Sara have two sons: Ryder, 14, and Tucker, 14. John is a 1986 graduate of Cambridge High School, and a 1991 graduate of South Dakota State University. He is co-owner of Del Dee Foods Inc.

John is the vice-president of Red Zone Football Boosters, he is a member of the Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, and Ducks Unlimited.

What do you feel are the major issues facing the LqPV School system? 1. Finding a new superintendent. 2. Space at Appleton Elementary. 3. Keeping pace with technology.

How do you feel these issues should be handled? 1. Find a candidate with good leadership, and collaborative skills to move our school forward. 2. Space has been addressed, with no formal plan. I want to be a part of the process. 3. Too big for a single person to solve.

If elected to the board, what is your main goal for the LqPV School district? Focus on what is best for all students.

Earl Molden
Earl and his wife Gloria have four grown children, 11 grandchildren, four of which go to LqPV.

Earl went to Willmar Junior College for two years, Moorhead State for two years, and earned 60 plus credits while teaching. He is a retired elementary teacher. He taught 43 years in Appleton.

Molden is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, a past 4-H leader for Hegbert Winners 4-H Club, and was on the State 4-H poultry committee.

What do you feel are the major issues facing the LqPV School system? 1. Hiring a new superintendent for next year. 2. Making sure there are choices for the students when they sign up for classes. 3. Space in the Appleton building.

How do you feel these issues should be handled? 1. For hiring the Superintendent, we need input from the staff and community members. 2. For classes in the high school, we may need to have some small classes. 3. May have to add on to the Appleton building.

If elected to the board, what is your main goal for the LqPV School district? Make LqPV the best school in the area, keep class sizes small, and keep up with technology.

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