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|Paynesville Press - March 22, 2006|
Incumbents re-elected in township elections
All incumbents won re-election in the township elections last week, which were held in all townships in the state on Tuesday, March 14.|
In the Paynesville area, there were four contested races: for a two-year supervisor in Eden Lake Township (won by incumbent David Benkowski); in Lake Henry Town-ship (won by newcomer Karl Schlangen); in Paynesville Town-ship (where incumbent Harry Thielen defeated a write-in challenger); and in Munson Township (where incumbent Daniel Holthaus won re-election).
Benkowski was appointed last fall to fill the unexpired term of former board chair Conrad Blomker. He was challenged for a two-year term on the Eden Lake Township Board of Supervisors by Jerome Hedman. Benkowski won the seat 92-82.
In Lake Henry Township, incumbent supervisor Math Hemmesch did not file for re-election. Schlangen defeated Jeff Dahl for the supervisor position 55-35.
In Paynesville Township, incumbent Harry Thielen earned his second three-year term on the board, defeating write-in candidate Ed Lang 98-22. The supervisor race in Paynesville Township has been contested - either in the filings or by write-in campaigns - since 1997.
In Munson Township, incumbent board chairman Daniel Holthaus won re-election over challenger Dave Borchardt 159-76.
Two townships - Eden Lake and Manannah - did not have any filings for clerk. In Eden Lake Township, Stacy Thielen won election with a write-in campaign for clerk. In Manannah Township, incumbent clerk Agnes Schmitz was re-elected by write-in votes.
Eden Lake Township
Lake Henry Township
St. Martin Township
Spring Hill Township
Union Grove Township
*Denotes an incumbent.
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