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2012 Douglas County Voter's Guide from the Alexandria Echo Press

2012 Douglas County Voter's Guide from the Alexandria Echo Press

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Are You Ready To Vote? Do you know who you’ll be voting for? Don’t panic. There’s still time to find out more about the candidates, the issues and how to vote. This handy Voter’s Guide is a good start. It’s filled with information about the candidates running for key contested positions.
Are You Ready To Vote? Do you know who you’ll be voting for? Don’t panic. There’s still time to find out more about the candidates, the issues and how to vote. This handy Voter’s Guide is a good start. It’s filled with information about the candidates running for key contested positions.

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Voters to decide keyraces at national,state and local level;new legislative linesadd wrinkle to election
By Al Edenloff
aedenloff@echopress.com
 Are you ready to vote?Residents throughout DouglasCounty will have some key decisions tomake come Election Day, November 6.The purpose of this Voters Guide is tohelp residents be more prepared whenthey’re handed their ballots.The guide contains questions-and-an-swers from candidates on the local,state and national level, as well as vot-ing and precinct information.The stakes are high for the 2012 elec-tion.Not only will voters cast their ballotsfor president and U.S. Senate andHouse races, they’ll also select candi-dates for the Minnesota Legislature, which has new legislative boundariesbecause of redistricting.Douglas County is now part of twoMinnesota Senate districts, 8 and 12,and three House districts, 8B, 12A and12B. Four current office holders will beon the ballot – Bill Ingebrigtsen (Dis-trict 8), Torrey Westrom (District 12),Mary Franson (District 8B) and Paul Anderson (District 12B) but theareas they represent have changed.Their challengers include Dan Skogen(District 8), John Schultz (District 12),Bob Cunniff (District 8B), and Rick Rosenfield (District 12B). The HouseDistrict 12A race doesn’t have any in-cumbents and is between Dave Hol-man, Scott Dutcher and Jay McNamar.Other big decisions at the state levelinclude two constitutional amendments.One would define marriage as betweenone man and one woman, and the other one would require voters to show a gov-ernment-issued ID in order to vote.Drilling down to the local level, this year’s election contains many interest-ing races.Because of redistricting, all five Dou-glas County commissioner districts areup for election. The choices for votersare (incumbents listed first):District 1 – Jerry Johnson or BonnieHuettl.District 2 – Norm Salto or JamesStratton.District 3 – Bev Bales or Jerry Rapp.District 4 – Paul C. Anderson or Char-lie Meyer.District 5 – Dan Olson or Carol Wen-ner.Many local residents will also have adecision to make for mayor, city counciland school board positions.In Alexandria, Sara Carlson and Mark Pederson are vying for mayor, and twocouncil seats are contested: Ward 3,Owen Miller and William Stark, andWard 5, Elroy Frank and Todd Jensen.Other contested city races in DouglasCounty include: Carlos mayor – Herby Dahl and Daniel Plowman; Carlos coun-cil (two positions) – Todd Burgess,Richard Pierson, Jason Thimmesh;Garfield mayor – Dan Kalina and GayeMounsdon; Kensington council (two po-sitions) – Michael Johnson, AmandaKramer, Brian Randt; Miltona council(two positions) – Rick Alton, Alan Bet-termann, Kirk Smith; Nelson council(two positions) – Michael Erickson,Beverly Hansen, Jason Karl; and Os-akis council (two positions) – Larry Dillehay, Kyle Kostrzewski, Jerry Olson.One township in the county, BrandonTownship, holds its elections in Novem-ber. There are no contested races for the two supervisor and one treasurer positions, but residents will vote on aballot question to decide whether theclerk and treasurer positions should beappointed by the town board rather than elected.Three other local ballot questions willbe decided this election, all involvingthe sale of liquor. The cities of Brandonand Osakis are asking voters whether their city councils should be allowed toissue on-sale liquor licenses to hotels,clubs and restaurants. (Each city cur-rently owns and operates a municipalliquor store.) The city of Osakis is alsoasking if on-sale liquor sales should beallowed on Sundays.Douglas County voters will also de-cide who should be their voice on their local school board.In Alexandria School District 206,there is a contested race for Position 7between two newcomers, Laura Knud-sen and Angie Krebs.In Brandon School District 207, fivecandidates have filed for four positions.They include Kevin Challes, Timothy Lauthen, Cheryl Schaffran, Arthur Vin-son and Chad Way. A special election tofill an at-large spot is also taking placebetween Kim Fuchs and Michael Randt.Evansville School District 208 hasfour candidates running for the four available positions – David Anderson,Ethan Henneman, Kent Huisman andBritta Richter.Osakis School District 213 has a race with four candidates vying for threespots – Craig Cody, Pat Hildebrandt,Shari Maloney and Genny Maus Le-Brun.Minnewaska School District 2149 hasfive candidates running for four posi-tions – Lonnie Hoffman, Jeff Holtberg,Randy Kinney, Robert Mork and JimPeters.In West Central Area School District2342, six candidates are in the runningfor four spots – Daryl Amundson, JillBeuckens, Chad Biss, Tina Lindquist,Steven Martineau and Richard Toms.In Parkers Prairie School District 547,four candidates have filed for three po-sitions – Glenn Cornish, Meagan Moen,Mary Peterson and Jeffrey Samuelson.
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.Please list your background andspecific qualifications for thisposition.
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 As an active community member, Ihave served on several localboards, most recently as the presidentof the Early Childhood Parent Advisory Board for District 206 and as the pres-ident of the Friends of Knute Volun-teers through Knute Nelson CareCenters. Being engaged in both the is-sues of our aging population and edu-cation has given me a uniqueunderstanding of the challenges facingour community.My husband and I are the parents of a second grader at Carlos Elementary and a preschooler in the district’s Cre-ating Learners program. As a parentfrom a GMC school, I am in the positionto work to improve the connection be-tween our district and the Garfield, Mil-tona, and Carlos Elementary communities. Our GMC schools cur-rently have no representation on our school board. My experience as a par-ent participating in our district’s early childhood programing will allow me toshare important insights to early learn-ing. Our district has an excellent early childhood and preschool program thatpositively impacts our community innumerous ways.I am a lifelong learner, with a bache-lor’s degree in media from the BrooksInstitute in Santa Barbara, California.The technological changes that haveoccurred in the industries of media andcommunications have been swift anddramatic. I have experienced first-hand the challenge facing our studentsin a future with rapidly advancing tech-nology. I understand the need to em-power our students with 21st century skills including critical thinking, adapt-ability and self-direction.
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.What do you view as the biggestchallenge facing the school dis-trict right now and how would youdeal with it?
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Meeting the educational needs of our students in a period of increas-ing cost, decreasing resources and arapidly changing future is the chal-lenge facing all schools. Meeting thischallenge will require commitmentfrom our community. Our school boardand district must increase communi-cation to educate our community aboutthese challenges.We must engage our community inadvocating for our schools with local,state and national leaders. Special ed-ucation funding reform, deferment of payments to schools and the disparity between funding of districts statewideare all political issues that impact our schools but are not controlled by our district.It is important that we “think our side the chalk board” to look for new approaches to education. We need touse technology, engage community stake-holders and partner with AlexTech to ensure we are making the mostof the resources that are available to usfrom right here in our community.Change in education can be difficult toaccept because we all have strongemotional ties to our own school expe-riences. However, now more than ever  we need to approach the future of edu-cation with an open mind.
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.The district’s current levy refer-endum expires in 2014. Do yousupport calling for a new referen-dum? Also, explain any cost saving ideas you have for the district.
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The referendum will expire in 2014, which means our community willneed to vote on school funding. Unlikecity and county organizations, theschool board must ask for funding ap-proval directly from voters. The up-coming referendum will either ask our community to maintain current fund-ing levels or increase support for our schools.I support the district’s commitmentto meeting each student at their edu-cational level through individualizedlearning plans that track a student’sneeds and interests from kindergartenthrough 12th grade. This is necessary to prepare our students for their future,as well as meeting the increased stan-dards mandated by state and federalgovernments. In order to meet thesegoals, we must lower the number of students in the classes that have seenincreasing enrollment. Support mustbe given to teachers to give them theresources to track student achieve-ment. We must also provide educationto our district families on the rising ex-pectations in our schools and empower them to support their children.Whether we can achieve this withoutasking voters for an increase in their fi-nancial support will depend on severalfactors. First, decisions made by stateand federal governments in upcomingsessions regarding funding and educa-tional mandates. Second, the district’sability to recapture students who haveleft for alternative learning environ-ments and neighboring districts willimpact the budget. Recapturing even100 students could have a positive ef-fect on our school funding. Lastly, inany budgeting issue, ensuring you arespending wisely must be taken intoconsideration. Selecting specific costsaving measures without the completeknowledge I would have as a boardmember would be a guess that I couldnot commit to now.
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.Describe your leadership style.How do you make tough deci-sions?
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I am an enthusiastic, committedand positive leader. Making sounddecisions in difficult situations involveslistening, learning and engaging oth-ers. As a member of your school board,I will build relationships with commu-nity stakeholders, including districtstaff and parents. I will work to em-power our community in their contin-ued support of our schools. I amcommitted to the vision of creating apremier school district that leads in ed-ucational excellence.
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.According to the district’sstrategic plan, special educationservices continue to grow while re-imbursement is disproportionately low. How would you address thisproblem?
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The needs of special educationcontinue to grow while reimburse-ment levels remain disproportionately low. Reimbursement is low because of unfunded mandates from state andfederal government. The difference be-tween funding reimbursements andexpenditures is made up through gen-eral fund dollars. This is not sustain-able and will have a negative impact onall our learners. All students across thespectrum of learning deserve the op-portunity to meet their full potential.Currently, 24 percent of our studentpopulation receives special educationservices. Special education comprises22 percent of the district’s budget andhas nearly 75 full-time instructionalstaff. Our community will need to part-ner with our state and federal govern-ments to reform the reimbursementmodel. Our district will need to evalu-ate our programs to ensure we are de-livering cost-effective educationfocused on student achievement. I be-lieve the district’s adopted vision of fo-cusing on individual learning needs of students will benefit all students.
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DISTRICT 206 SCHOOL BOARD
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Please list your background andspecific qualifications for this posi-tion.
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I had the privilege of growing up in Alexandria and being educated in the Alexandria public schools (1988 graduate).I also received a B.A. of Nursing fromGustavus Adolphus College. My husband,Dean, 1989 graduate of Jefferson HighSchool, and I have three children; a thirdgrade daughter at Woodland Elementary,and twin boys that are 4 years old. Our children are fourth generation students of  Alexandria public schools.I’m currently home with my children.However, my previous work experienceincludes 16 years as a public health nurse. A good share of this position involved working with school district staff to de- velop and implement services for childrenutilizing special education services. I alsohave experience with early-childhoodscreenings, school immunization law, chil-dren’s mental health, transition planning,and family support.I have volunteered in our daughter’sclassroom on a regular basis, also withGirl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Moth-ers of Preschoolers (MOPS) advisory board, and as a Sunday school teacher.Our community has much to be proudof with our students and our schools. I’mrunning for school board to ensure thosesame opportunities for my own childrenand those of the community.
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.What do you view as the biggestchallenge facing the school districtright now and how would you deal withit?
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I believe the biggest challenge facingthe school district relates to educationand the movement away from traditionaltextbook teaching to virtual instructionalresources and keeping up with ever-changing technology. The district has con-siderable investment in technology.However, there is inconsistent teacher skill level with technology and its applica-tion in the classroom.I support the district’s five-year strate-gic plan, which outlines a strong vision for expanded college course offerings, dis-tance learning, “flipped classroom” mod-els at the high school level; andprofessional development related to tech-nology.With much attention on the new highschool, we also need to keep our focus onthe younger grades, ensuring small classsizes and adequate technology tostrengthen proficiencies in the core areasof math and reading. Our children are of the digital/gadget age, and studies show that using technology is a key to locking ina student’s interest and motivating themto do better in school.
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.The district’s current levy referen-dum expires in 2014. Do you sup-port calling for a new referendum? Also, explain any cost saving ideas youhave for the district.
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The school district’s finances aremanaged very well, despite relatively flat state aid and reimbursement chal-lenges. However, despite budget cutsacross all areas, the district is currently ina deficit spending mode.Minnesota’s schools have come to rely on their communities for additional fund-ing as evidenced by 301 of Minnesota’s 337school districts utilizing an operating levy last year.Per pupil funding from the state is$5,224, increasing only 1.95 percent in thepast five years. Our current referendumrevenue is $390 per resident pupil, whereas the state average is $751.26.Unless we want to face severe cuts tobasic services/programs, which I don’tthink anyone wants, with current funding,I see no way around asking the commu-nity for an operating levy. Details wouldneed to be presented to the community regarding the level of funding needed andspecific goals that would be met with thatfunding.Our community has never shied away from its responsibility of educating our children, and I believe that most wouldsacrifice to ensure educational opportuni-ties that will prepare our children for the world they will encounter following grad-uation.The new high school project is currently $230,000 under budget and ahead of schedule. Current board members havepromised to spend every dollar wisely, ex-pecting a lot from contractors/subcon-tractors and material suppliers; I wouldtoo. Also, the curriculum changes envi-sioned in the strategic plan may enticesome of the 23.8 percent of eligible districtstudents that are utilizing alternativeschool options, including open enrollment,homeschooling, private/charter schools,and Postsecondary Enrollment Options(PSEO) back to the district on either a fullor part-time basis, bringing with them thestate aid dollars that we’re currently miss-ing out on. As our virtual instruction methods aredeveloped, additional revenue could alsobe captured by supplying online training,services, and classes to other districts ona fee-for-use basis. As a school boardmember, I’d be open to cost saving ideasfrom staff and the public.
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.Describe your leadership style.How do you make tough decisions?
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My leadership style is one of being in-formed. I would seek to understandcore issues and gain perspective from oth-ers more knowledgeable than myself about that issue, gather facts, brainstormsolutions, and consider options, while weighing impact and tradeoffs.I believe in proactive planning, begin-ning with the end or goal in mind. I believethat there is much to be learned from pastdecisions, including mistakes. I wouldseek to have open communication be-tween the district and the community.Tough decisions are best made with pub-lic input and with the best interests of allstudents in mind.To keep the public’s trust, it’s importantto be open with parents and the publicabout the issues facing the school districtand the reasons behind decisions that arebeing made.
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.According to the district’sstrategic plan, special educationservices continue to grow while reim-bursement is disproportionately low.How would you address this problem?
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During the 2011-2012 school year, 808students (24 percent of population) re-ceived some form of special education.Special education funding provides 10 per-cent of the district’s general revenue;however, 22 percent of the budget is spenton special education.Since the Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act’s inception in 1975, specialeducation has been an unfunded govern-ment mandate. While as a district we canensure that services are being deliveredefficiently, the bottom line is that these arestill mandated services that can’t be cut.The disparity of increasing costs of specialeducation and the partial level of reim-bursement is really an issue that needs tobe dealt with at the state and federal lev-els.There is currently a proposal from theMinnesota Department of Education toreplace the current percentage reim-bursement model of special educationfunding with weighted pupil funding. Thistype of funding acknowledges that, as anexample, it costs more to provide servicesfor a child with severe emotional behavior disorders than a child with a simplespeech delay, and awards funding moreproportionately. This funding change would benefit our school district, and our representatives need to hear from us(both school district and the public) to getthis change into legislation.
ANGIE KREBS
District 206 School Board
LAURA KNUDSEN
District 206 School Board
Douglas County voters will have ahand in deciding two prosed Consti-tutional amendments on the ballot.The first one concerns the defini-tion of marriage: “Shall the Min-nesota Constitution be amended toprovide that only a union of one manand one woman shall be valid or rec-ognized as a marriage in Min-nesota?”If this passes, the following wouldbe added to the Minnesota Consti-tution: Article XIII, Sec. 13. “Only aunion of one man and one womanshall be valid or recognized as amarriage in Minnesota.”The second proposed amendmentdeals with voter identification:“Shall the Minnesota Constitutionbe amended to require all voters topresent valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to pro- vide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?”If this passes, the following wouldbe added to the Minnesota Consti-tution: Article VII, Section 1. “All vot-ers voting in person must present valid government-issued photo-graphic identification before receiv-ing a ballot. The state must issuephotographic identification at nocharge to an eligible voter who doesnot have a form of identificationmeeting the requirements of thissection. A voter unable to presentgovernment-issued photographicidentification must be permitted tosubmit a provisional ballot. A provi-sional ballot must only be counted if the voter certifies the provisionalballot in the manner provided by law. All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject tosubstantially equivalent identity andeligibility verification prior to a bal-lot being cast or counted.”
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Please list your background andspecific qualifications for this po-sition.
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I am a lifelong resident of Alexan-dria. I have been married 33 yearsto Jan (Raap), have three grown chil-dren and three grandchildren. I am agraduate of Jefferson High School.My background is in construction asa carpenter, contractor and developer.I attend St. Mary’s parish and am amember of the Knights of Columbus.Other organizations I belong to in-clude Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge, where I served as exalted ruler andon the board of trustees, Viking Sportsmen, and I am a life member of the NRA and Minnesota DeerHunters. I was a member of the Alexandria Economic DevelopmentBoard until 2006. I know many of thefine people and businesses in thiscommunity and will work hard toserve all of their best interests.
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What do you view as the biggestchallenge facing Alexandria rightnow and how would you deal with it?
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I believe the biggest hurdles Alexan-dria faces right now are similar to what many other cities of the same sizeare facing: maintaining and updating ex-isting infrastructure, attracting new businesses and keeping our taxes at afair level so to encourage growth and de- velopment. I would like to hear frommembers of our local business commu-nity as to what they think is necessary to promote our city and what the city could do, or not do, to lend assistance.I want our city council to make fair and informed decisions that will benefitall. Our city budget must remain in theblack but should not be made up only onthe backs of the homeowners whose as-sessed values have dropped and taxesincreased. City government needs to cut where necessary to the benefit of the voting public. Cooperation with county officials would also be a high priority toavoid duplicating services and fees.
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What are your feelings about hav-ing an event center in the city?How much involvement should the city have in such a project?
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 An event center is an issue that I amnot familiar with. I would like toknow how big, how much, where lo-cated, who is using it and who is runningit before making an opinion. However, Iam not in favor of paying a consultingfirm for its study of the issue. That is what your council was elected to do.
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Is Alexandria doing enough tokeep local property taxes low?What are some specific cost saving ideas you have for the budget?
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I’d love to see property taxes godown, but with the recent annexa-tions and extension of the city’s infra-structure to those areas, I just don’t seeit happening. I hope, after examiningthe budget, we will be able to implementspecific cost-saving measures in some,if not all, of the city departments.With the recent downturn in the econ-omy, it is only fair for the city to do itspart by tightening its belt as well. I ammost certainly not in favor of raising any more taxes or fees. If anything, they should be lowered to make Alexandria amore attractive place to future businessgrowth and employment. Bottom line: we need to live within our means!
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Considering the fact that themayor does not vote or make mo-tions at council meetings, how will youaccomplish your goals? Describe yourstyle of leadership.
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I’ve been a boss, had employees,and know there are challenges. Theposition of mayor puts you front andcenter as the point man for the city. I would strive for a spirit of cooperationon the council. The dialogue should beinformative and civil. All need to beheard.My goals for the future are to promote Alexandria to the max. We have a fan-tastic business park, so let’s go after more businesses. Our work force is sec-ond to none. Let’s keep them all busy.We absolutely need to be in touch withthe commissioners to eliminate, or atthe very least, diminish wasteful dupli-cation of services. Sometimes, the traitof “gentle persuasion” may need to beemployed to accomplish this.I will do my very best to serve the cit-izens and businesses in Alexandria.This community has been my home for more than 50 years, and I would be hon-ored and humbled to serve as its mayor.
MARK PEDERSON
Mayor
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Please list your background andspecific qualifications for this po-sition.
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I have been on the Alexandria City Council for nine years. During thattime, I regularly attended two councilmeetings per month. I’ve served on nu-merous committees that relate to spe-cific city business and attended thosemeetings regularly as well. I have madesure that during the time I was on thecouncil, I served on, attended or was in-formed of what was taking place on allcommittees in the city. I have worked onspecial committees such as the policestation build, hiring of various firms for that and the park building and keepingthese projects with local contractors asmuch as possible. I have served as themayor pro tempore for the last couple years and have attended all the work-shops the council has had on the budget.It is my belief that it takes a lot of timeand effort to run city government and beapprised of the issues. There are toughdecisions to make and they have to bemade with an informed mind, looking atall sides of each issue and always keep-ing in mind what is best for the taxpay-ers. Alexandria is a wonderful place tolive, work and retire. I have been herefor 32 years with my husband, Ron, andour four children, Matt, Tina, Katie andCasey. I did my graduate and under-graduate work in education at St. CloudState University, working primarily inspecial education. I left teaching about10 years ago and have been doing thebooks at our business, Carlson MusicCenter. I was born and raised on a farmand know the meaning of hard work andlong hours.
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What do you view as the biggestchallenge facing Alexandria rightnow and how would you deal with it?
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With today’s economy, the biggestchallenge the city faces is to keeptaxes down and still provide quality services. This is something we must work at continually. Prioritizing needs is very important and with tight budgets, we need to make sure that what we dois a need, not a want.Our streets, for example, must betaken care of or they deteriorate to apoint that is not repairable with an over-lay and must have a total reconstruct.So for us to neglect them is not wise. It ishowever, a balancing act of how muchand when we work on them and other projects.We have just finished our final annex-ation phase and must extend sewer and water to those areas. While this is agood thing as it adds to our tax base anddecreases property taxes, there will besome long term costs. Also, the recent expansion of the Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District(ALASD) has been a large increase toour budget. This is an obligation set by a joint powers agreement that we musthonor.We want our city to grow and prosper and need to watch vigilantly over andencourage controlled economic growthand development with good planning. Along with that, as Alexandria grows, sodo many other concerns and we need tobe adequately protected by police andfire.
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What are your feelings about hav-ing an event center in the city?How much involvement should the city have in such a project?
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 Again, with the economy the way itis, I do not believe that now is thetime to look at building an event center  with city money. We have or will bebuilding several buildings in the com-munity with bonding out on them (policestation, county public works building,county sheriff’s office, county jail andnew high school). We need to pay themoff and not start other projects. We, astaxpayers, just cannot afford it.
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Is Alexandria doing enough tokeep local property taxes low?What are some specific cost saving ideas you have for the budget?
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 As a council, we have worked hardat keeping taxes down and are con-tinually looking for ways to do a better  job and still provide vital services effec-tively. Currently, we are looking at crosstraining staff in various departments toimprove and streamline efficiencies.This could result in staff being availableand able to cross-over when needsarise. As part of the budgetary process, as amember of the council, I support lookingat all aspects of expenditures and see-ing where cuts and cost savings can bemade. We will be meeting in work ses-sion to complete the budget for next year. For 2013, we have thus far reducedequipment and capital improvementbudgets as a way to reduce the overallbudget.
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Considering the fact that themayor does not vote or make mo-tions at council meetings, how will youaccomplish your goals? Describe yourstyle of leadership.
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The mayor brings the voice of thecitizens to the Alexandria City Coun-cil. The mayor sits on many committeesand provides input, keeping track of  what is going on in the community. Although the mayor does not vote atcouncil meetings (except in the case of atie), he/she is responsible to bring inputto the council or to council members.The mayor represents the total city and may have a different perspectivethan each individual ward representa-tive and shares that with council mem-bers. The mayor runs all meetings andhas the power of veto for funding reso-lutions. A good leader makes decisions basedon strength, experience and respect, noton titles, having the ability to convincepeople to work together in a cohesivemanner.My leadership style would encouragecooperation and would support eachcouncil member and staff to use their expertise and experience to be morecompetent and productive for the city of  Alexandria. As mayor or leader of the city, toughdecisions will have to be made. I know that I have the ability to make those de-cisions focusing on our goals and city vi-sion.
SARA CARLSON
Mayor
Election Day is Tuesday,November 6 and mostpolling places in DouglasCounty will be open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m.The only exceptions arein Lund Township, wherepolls will open at 9 a.m. andSolem Township, whichhas a 10 a.m. opening.Because of redistricting,there were significantchanges in the votingboundaries and precincts,especially in the city of  Alexandria. If you are notsure which Alexandria City Ward you are a resident of,contact the Alexandria city offices at (320) 763-6678 or the Douglas County Audi-tor’s Office at (320) 762-3881 and they will assist you.The polling places are asfollows: Alexandria City – Ward 1– Precinct 1 and 2 – LakeCommunity Church, 1751Co. Rd. 44 NW, Alexandria. Alexandria City – Ward 2– Living Waters Church,1310 North Nokomis, Alexandria. Alexandria City – Ward 3– New Life ChristianChurch, 1910 Hwy. 27 E., Alexandria. Alexandria City – Ward 4– Cornerstone Church, 2027th Ave. E. Alexandria. Alexandria City – Ward 5– Precinct 1 and 2 – Alexandria City Hall, 704Broadway, Alexandria. Alexandria Township Good Shepherd LutheranChurch, 2702 Hwy 29 N., Alexandria.Belle River Township –St. Nicholas Church, 9473Co. Rd. 3 NE, Carlos.Brandon City – BrandonCity Hall, 105 Holmes Ave.N., Brandon.Brandon Township –Brandon City Hall, 105Holmes Ave. N., Brandon.Carlos City – CarlosTown Hall, 210 Victoria Ave., Carlos.Carlos Township – Car-los Town Hall, 210 Victoria Ave., Carlos.Evansville City – Evans- ville City Hall, 106 State St.,Evansville.Evansville Township –Evansville City Hall, 106State St., Evansville.Forada City – ForadaCity Fire Hall, 10991 Tobys Ave. SE, Alexandria.Garfield City – GarfieldCity Hall, 116 Sanstead St.W., Garfield.Holmes City Township –Holmes City Town Hall,11180 Tewes Trl. SW, Far- well.Hudson Township –Forada City Hall, 10991Tobys Ave. SE, Alexandria.Ida Township – Ida TownHall, 4700 Co. Rd. 6 NW,Garfield.Kensington City – Kens-ington Community Center,19 Central Ave., Kensing-ton.LaGrand Township – La-Grand Town Hall, 501Town Hall Rd. SW, Alexan-dria.Lake Mary Township –Lake Mary Town Hall, 4791Co. Rd. 4 SW, Alexandria.Leaf Valley Township –Leaf Valley Town Hall,15240 Co. Rd. 6 NW,Garfield.Lund Township – TownHall in Melby, 17443 Lake- view Ave. NW, Evansville.Millerville City –Millerville City Fire Hall,16560 Co. Rd. 7 NW, Bran-don.Millerville Township –Millerville City Fire Hall,16560 Co. Rd. 7 NW, Bran-don.Miltona City – MiltonaCommunity Center, 5590Co. Rd. 14, Miltona.Miltona Township – Mil-tona Community Center 5590 Co. Rd. 14, Miltona.Moe Township – MoeTown Hall, 14188 Moe HallRd. SW, Garfield.Nelson City – NelsonCity Hall, 120 N. Nelson St.,Nelson.Orange Township – EdPollard Community Cen-ter, 18 E. Nokomis St., Os-akis.Osakis City – Ed PollardCommunity Center, 18 E.Nokomis St., Osakis.Osakis Township – EdPollard Community Cen-ter, 18 E. Nokomis St., Os-akis.Solem Township – Kens-ington Runestone Park (Barn), 8755 Co. Rd. 103SW, Kensington.Spruce Hill Township –Spruce Hill Town Hall,12055 Willow Dr. NE, Mil-tona.Urness Township – Ur-ness Town Hall, 2160 Co.Rd. 1 SW, Evansville.
Here’s where to castyour ballot on Nov. 6
Dave Holman
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