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Paynesville Press - August 14, 2002

Cold Spring man files for county race

Chad MiddendorfChad Middendorf, a Wakefield Township resident, has announced he will seek election to the seat of Stearns County Commissioner for District 3, the seat currently held by Rose Arnold, who is retiring.

The Third District includes the townships of Eden Lake and Munson and the cities of Richmond, Eden Valley (the part in Stearns County), and Cold Spring.

Middendorf, a lifelong resident of Stearns County, born and raised on a dairy farm near Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and attended St. Cloud Business College, earning a certificate in computer programming, as well as studying business and accounting. He has worked at AMCON Block & Precast Inc., since January of 1984 and has done human resources, accounting, bookkeeping, and fleet management and has maintained the position of controller for the past 12 years.

Middendorf said he realizes the needs of today's growing families through his involvement in many community groups. For the past seven years he has been involved with the youth of Cold Spring, serving as a Cub Scout leader. He just completed a one-year term as treasurer of Cub Scout Pack 15. Chad has also been involved with the Great Northern Theater Company of Cold Spring for the past six years, has been a member of the Cold Spring Area Maennerchor for five years, and has served as their treasurer for the past three years.

Middendorf and his family are active members of St. Boniface Parish of Cold Spring, serving on the parish council, currently serving as trustee to the parish. Both Chad and his wife, Mary, are members of the church choir.

Chad and Mary have lived in the Cold Spring area for the past nine years with their three children.

Middendorf feels he could represent the issues well that are of concern to the people in this area. "I would like to bring a common-sense approach to address the challenges our area is facing due to growth. A priority of mine will be to preserve the quality of life we have come to know in the Third District and will work to ensure the residents have a voice in the process. I feel I could help reach consensus on the issues by listening to everyone's concerns," he said.

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