The race for Marine on St. Croix mayor was about as close as one could get.
Unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State website, showed challenger Kevin Nyenhuis defeating incumbent Glen Mills 262-260 with one write-in vote Nov. 3.
The results aren’t final, however, as Washington County has notified Marine on St. Croix staff that the appeals court decision on ballots mailed on or before Election Day only applied to the presidential race.
This means that ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10 will still be counted in local races. If any of these ballots were from Marine residents, there is a possibility that the results of the local election could change.
The county will hold absentee ballot board Tuesday, Nov. 10, to count any additional ballots, and will publish updated results that day after 5 p.m.
The city council has the chance to look different as well as Lon Pardon and Wendy Ward garnered the top two votes. Pardon finished with 315 votes, compared to Ward’s 280. Bill Miller had 276, while Larry Martin finished with 87. Pardon and Miller were incumbents.
Ward offered these thoughts upon winning: "The campaign process was incredible in that it enabled me to meet and hear hundreds of Marine faces and places I had never known, from obscure dirt roads leading to old farms to neighbors I had never met before. I worked hard for this race and it showed with a win.
"The future will require a lot of hard work, a willingness by all to consider and look at issues with new perspectives and a common desire to help make this village stronger than ever. Acknowledging fiscal and staff capacities, we need to reach out beyond our staff and volunteers to help us professionally address critical issues at hand, from helping our planning commission with workload and expertise to finding someone to begin the process of greater downtown economic vitality."
Christine Maefsky was reelected to another term as Scandia Mayor Nov. 3.
The incumbent defeated challenger Randall Simonson 1,643-964 according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Heather Benson and Steve Kronmiller were elected to the City Council. Benson finished with 1,141 votes compared to Kronmiller's 1,114. Greg Amundson had 1,026 votes. James Gribble had 543, while Christopher Johnson had 334. Kronmiller was an incumbent, while Benson was a challenger. She will replace Chris Ness, who chose not to seek reelection.
In comments to the Messenger, Benson said the following: “I am honored that the residents of Scandia have chosen me to serve on the council, and look forward to working for them for the next four years.”
Kronmiller’s response talked about practicing open, honest, ethical leadership over the next four years. His goals include reliable, high speed Internet for every home and business; finding ways to ensure roads and sewer systems are properly maintained without tax increases and attracting new businesses.
Change coming to Stillwater Board
The Stillwater School Board will look a lot different after Tuesday night's Election results.
Voters went to the ballots for two different races: To pick three candidates for four-year terms and two candidates for two-year terms.
Eight candidates were on the ballot for the four-year term spots including incumbents Michael Ptacek and Sarah Stivland. Incumbent Jennifer Pelletier chose not to seek reelection.
The final results according to the Secretary of State website show challengers Katie Hockert, Annie Porbeni and Matt Onken garnered the most votes.
Hockert finished with 17,010 votes, followed by Porbeni's 15,833. Onken came in with 15,772.
In a statement to the Messenger, Hockert said the following: “…It was clear to me that our community respects and has listened to our teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, counselors, and custodians because they selected all five of their endorsed candidates in a resounding way. This is so encouraging because it recognizes the incredible efforts our staff is making this year in keeping our schools safe and running during a pandemic. I believe I was elected to keep the focus on our schools and the amazing work being done in them.”
Porbeni said it was a relief when she heard she won. Her goals over the next four years are to support every child in the Stillwater School District and give them every opportunity they can to succeed.
Dawn Beavers was next with 10,824, then Ptacek's 10,458. Stivland had 9,810. Philip St. Ores came in with 5,113 and Nance Purcell finished with 4,392.
Marine and May voters preferred Stivland, Ptacek and Beavers for the three seats.
Meanwhile, in the other race, voters had to pick their top two candidates out of six to serve on the school board for the next two years.
Challengers Beverly Petrie and Alison Sherman garnered the most votes with 16,694 and 16,467 votes respectively. Bill Gilles and Tim Brewington, who were appointed to serve on the Board following the resignations of Mark Burns and Shelley Pearson this summer, were next. Gilles had 9,348 votes, while Brewington had 8,245.
Joseph Ehrler had 3,391 votes and Roger Ziemann was next at 3,278.
In her statement, Petrie talked about gratification.
“I was honored and humbled by the vote of confidence the community gave to my campaign last Tuesday,” she said. “Judging from the vote, it seems that voters endorsed a new way forward for the school district. I’m eager to start work soon on a full agenda that includes hiring a new Superintendent, renewing the operating levy that expires a year from now, and figuring out how to address all the growth in the south part of the district.”
Marine and May voters’ top two choices were Gilles and Brewington.
both win reelection
Republican incumbents Karin Housley and Bob Dettmer were both reelected to the Minnesota legislature Nov. 3.
Housley representing State Senate District 39, defeated Josiah Hill 29,213-25,892 (52.9-46.9 percent) according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Housley won 17 of the 30 precincts, including Scandia (1,648 to 1,201) and May Township (1,124-901). She also won all five Forest Lake precincts and the two Lake Elmo precincts.
Hill carried Marine on St. Croix (383-165) and all the precincts in Stillwater.
On her Twitter account, posted Nov. 4, Housley said the following:
“Thank you to the voters of our district for voting me in for another term. So, so honored. Thank you to everyone who helped. We are one happy family ready to serve you.”
Dettmer survived the challenge from Ann Mozey in the Representative District 39A race. Dettmer finished with 15,484 (57.8%) to Mozey’s 11,273 (42.0).
Dettmer won Scandia (1,676-1,153), May Township (1,127-882) and all five Forest Lake precincts. Mozey won Marine on St. Croix (394-151) and three precincts in Stillwater.
Incumbents rule Forest Lake School Board
Only four candidates were on the ballot for Forest Lake School Board and all four were incumbents.
Gail Theisen garnered the most votes with 14,203, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Julie Corcoran was second with 14,005, followed by Jeff Peterson’s 13,504. Robert Rapheal had 12,094.