Four running for three seats on school board

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 05/13/97.

The Paynesville School Board elections are fast approaching. School district residents can head to the polls on Tuesday, May 20. Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m.

Four candidates have filed for the three positions open on the board. Filing for another term are incumbents Debora Glenz and Fern Roberg. Newcomers filing are Velda Larson and Doris Wendlandt. Dean Hanson opted not to run for another term on the board.

Applications for absentee ballots may be made any time before Monday, May 19, at the district office located in the elementary school. Any eligible voter unable to go to the polling place because of absence from the district, illness, disability, religious discipline, observance of a religious holiday, or service as an election judge in another district, may vote by absentee ballot. Also eligible is anyone who is either in the military, or is a spouse or dependent of an individual living in the military, or who is temporarily outside of the United States.

A person not registered to vote may register on election day by completing a voter registration card, making an oath as prescribed by the secretary of state and providing proof of residence. All mentally competent persons who are 18 years or older, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the school district and has maintained residence in Minnesota for 20 days, are eligible to vote.

Velda Larson
Iím originally from northern Minnesota and have lived in Paynesville for 14 years. My husband, Doug, and I are self-employed cash crop farmers, raising corn and soybeans on acreage just south of Lake Koronis. We have two sons: Adam, seventh grade, and Mathew, third grade.

Debora Glenz
I was raised in the military and went to high school in Duluth. I met and married Michael Glenz and we moved to Paynesville about 17 years ago with our first daughter Michelle. We have since had three more children: Julie, Ryan and Sean.

Fern Roberg
I was raised on a farm and graduated from Willmar High School. Gary and I were married in 1972 and moved to a farm south of Lake Koronis. We farm with his brothers and parents. Our farm consists of dairy, crops, turkeys, and a steel fabricating business. I take care of the turkey part of our operation. We have five children. Jackie, a college graduate is now married and working. Angela graduates from college this year and will soon be married. Tim, Stacy and Amy are students in the Paynesville Area School District. We are members of the Evangelical Free Church in Paynesville and the Koronis Eager Beaver 4-H Club.

Doris Wendlandt
I was raised in the Paynesville rural (Roscoe) area. I am the third oldest of a family of 10, four of whom reside in the Paynesville Area School District. I graduated from Paynesville Area High School. My husband, Tom, and I now live west of Paynesville on a farm.We have five children: Jennifer, 17, Troy, 16, Jamie, 13, Trisha, 10 and Michael, 6. We raise beef cattle and also have full-time jobs. I am employed at Paynesville Motor and Transfer Company and also Denneís Dog Haus. Tom is the manager of the fertilizer department at the St. Martin Co-op. I also volunteer with the Paynesville Girl Scouts, Koronis Eager Beaver 4-H Club, St. Louis Catholic Church and am a member of the Booster Club.

Questions and answers by the school board candidates can be found in the this week's Paynesville Press.

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