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ELECTION 2010: County board, sheriff races highlight Northeast N.D. election

Voters in northeastern North Dakota will choose county commissioners, a few sheriffs and auditors and vote on a couple of special measures in the Nov. 2 election.

Election 2010

Voters in northeastern North Dakota will choose county commissioners, a few sheriffs and auditors and vote on a couple of special measures in the Nov. 2 election.

Here is a rundown, by county:

Cavalier County

_ County Commission: Three incumbents are being challenged. Incumbents are: Richard Flanders, Calvin; Harvey Hope, rural Langdon; and Harold "Ole" Nowatzki, Langdon. Challengers are: Elsie Magnus, rural Langdon; Otto Sperling, Milton; and Stephen Thielbar, rural Langdon.

_ Auditor: Incumbent Dawn Roppel is being challenged by Lori Peterson. Roppel has served since 2003. Peterson is publisher of the Cavalier County Republican.


_ Treasurer: Two people are vying to replace Treasurer Charlotte Soli, who will retire at the end of the year. They are: Deputy Treasurer Cindy Stremick, Osnabrock; and Stephanie Fetsch, Langdon.

_ Recorder: Incumbent Vicki Kubat is being challenged by Shauna Schneider. Both are from Langdon.

_ County measure: Should the county extend its present 10-mill road levy for another 5 years to complete county road projects? One mill currently raises about $27,600.

Griggs County

_ County Commission: District 1: Ron Halvorson, a retired plumber, and Robert Roggenbuck, a retired Griggs County deputy sheriff, are vying for the seat. Both are from Binford. The seat had been held by Kent Anderson, a retired farmer, who recently moved from the rural District 1 into the city of Cooperstown. District 3: Kent Anderson, formerly of District 1, is facing incumbent Dennis Halverson.

_ State's attorney: Phyllis Radcliffe, a Cooperstown attorney, and Paul Murphy, Carrington, N.D., are vying for the job. Incumbent Brad Cruff, a candidate for the Southeast Judicial District judgeship in Valley City, is not seeking re-election. Murphy currently is serving as Foster County state's attorney. Marina Spahr is filling the position in Griggs County.

Nelson County

_ County Commission: District 1: Incumbent Harold Bergquist is being challenged by former Commissioner Dan Marquart. Bergquist defeated Marquart by just one vote in 2006. In the June Primary Election, he garnered five more votes than Marquart. Both are from Lakota. District 5: Incumbent Maynard Loibl is being challenged by Michael Naas. Loibl was appointed to the commission in the summer of 2009, after the death of Commissioner Noel Lofthus. Loibl and Naas are from McVille.


_ Sheriff: Incumbent Kelly Janke is being challenged by Tom Stenvold,

Pembina County

_ County Commission: District 5: Incumbent Commissioner Andy Adamson, Drayton, is being challenged by Charles "Chip" Olson, also of Drayton.

Adamson is a retired businessman. Olson works for an area agricultural company and serves with the North Dakota National Guard. He serves as Drayton's emergency manager/flood fight coordinator.

_ Sheriff: Incumbent Brian Erovick is being challenged by former deputy Calvin Cluchie.

Ramsey County

_ County Commission: Incumbent Scott Diseth, Edmore, and three newcomers are vying for two spots on the County Board. Others are: Ed Brown, rural Crary; Kevin Frith and Mike Klemetsrud, both of Devils Lake.

_ Sheriff: Incumbent Steve Nelson is being challenged by Rob Hach, a detective with Devils Lake Police Department.


_ County measure: Increase the mill levy from .25 mills to .75 mills to benefit Lake Region Heritage Center, which operates the Old Post Office Museum and Sheriff's House Museum in Devils Lake. A 60 percent majority vote is required for passage. One-half mill raises about $15,000 in 2010. An identical measure failed in the June Primary Election: Yes, 1,125 (51.30 percent); no, 1,068, (48.70 percent).

_ Devils Lake smoking advisory

The Devils Lake City Commission is asking residents for a non-binding advisory vote on a proposal to prohibit smoking in public, indoor places, including bars. The proposed ordinance also places limits on where businesses may build and what activities are allowed in outdoor smoking shelters.

Steele County

_ County Commission: District 3: Ted Johnson and Nick Brendemuhl, both of Hope, are vying for the seat being vacated by Keith Jacobson, Hope, who decided not to seek re-election.

_ County Measure: Shall Steele County continue the $1 per month per wireless access line and telephone access line surcharge for operation and maintenance of the emergency 911 communications system?

Towner County

County Commission: District 4: Incumbent David Lagein, Rock Lake, is being challenged by Wesley Yoder, Egeland.


Traill County

_ County Commission: District 3: Incumbent commissioner Ron Peterson, Buxton, is facing off again with Gail Mooney, Cummings. Peterson defeated Mooney in 2006 on a coin flip, after the election ended in a tie, with 217 votes each.

Peterson, a retired farmer, has been a Traill County Commissioner since 1998.

Mooney operates a photography business in Cummings, N.D. She is bidding to become the first female county commissioner in Traill County history.

_ States attorney: Incumbent Stuart Larson, Hillsboro, is being challenged by Brett Brudvik, Mayville.

_ County newspaper: Incumbent Traill County Tribune is being challenged by the Hillsboro Banner.

Walsh County

_ County Commission: Three commission seats are up for re-election. Incumbents are: Ernie Barta, Pisek; Luther Meberg, Park River; and Allen Ruzicka, Fordville. The challenger is Pat Keohmstedt, Grafton. The top three vote-getters will be elected.


_ Sheriff: Incumbent Lauren Wild is being challenged by Deputy Sheriff Ron Nord, Adams.

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