This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 10/27/99.
Filing for the four-year terms are incumbents: Pat Flanders, Gretchen O'Fallon, and Maurice Dosdall. Filing for the first time for two-year terms are Dan Andersen and Bob See. O'Fallon was appointed to the board in July 1999, to fill the unexpired term of Velda Larson.
Paul Larsen filed for office and his name appears on the ballot, but due to a move outside the district, is now ineligible to serve on the board.
Background information about each of the five candidates appears below. The candidates were asked nine questions to help better inform the public about themselves and their stand on various issues before the school board. The candidates responses to these questions can be found on pages 6-7 of the Oct. 27 edition of The Paynesville Press.
Dan Andersen is a graduate of Rocori High School and has a two-year degree in robotics and flexible automation from Granite Falls Technical College. He and his wife, Michelle, have three sons: Joshua, five; Kellen, four; and Noah, seven months. They live in Paynesville.
Andersen is employed at Louis Industries as a production manager of the computer-controlled equipment (two lasers and a turret punch).
Maurice Dosdall was born and raised on a farm in west central Minnesota. He was a 4-H club member and adult leader, managed the Koronis Mill and Supply Company, was a nutrition consultant for Doboy Feeds, and owned his own feed store for almost nine years.
Dosdall and his wife, Bernadette, live in Paynesville. He has had three sons graduate from Paynesville Area High School.
He has served four three-year terms on the school board.
Pat Flanders is a life-long resident of the Paynesville area. Flanders is a real estate broker at Cliff's Insurance and Realty and has a bachelor of arts degree in social science, political science, and environmental studies from St. Cloud State University.
A resident of Paynesville Township, Flanders and his wife, Amy, have three children in the Paynesville school system. Ryan is in 11th grade; Riley is in ninth grade; and Maureen is an eighth grader.
He is finishing his third term on the school board.
Gretchen O'Fallon was born and raised in Paynesville and is a Paynesville Area High School graduate. She received an interior design degree from Alexandria Technical College.
Gretchen and her husband, Jim, have three children enrolled in Paynesville's schools: Erin, 11th grade; Bobby, eighth grade; and Russell, third grade. She is self-employed as a freelance interior designer and lives in Paynesville Township.
Robert See and his wife, Sarah, moved to Paynesville five years ago after retiring from full-time teaching in California. They have two grown children.
See has a bachelor of theology degree from Oregon Bible College, and a bachelor of arts degree and master's degree from St. Cloud State University. He taught 29 years in Whittier, Calif., 17 of those years in special education.
In recent years, he has been a substitute teacher in Eden Valley and Paynesville.
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