Townships elect their leaders
The votes are in — as few of them as there were — and township boards in the Osakis area are ready to go for the upcoming year.
Here's a look at the results of the March 12 township elections that took place in the Osakis area (results are unofficial until approved by canvassing boards):
Belle River — Jerry Nelson is the newly-elected supervisor, edging Bob Larson, 9-8, in write-in votes after no one filed.
Orange — Ken Marthaler was re-elected as supervisor and Estelle Garvin won the treasurer position with write-in votes, beating out Newton Earl. Total voters: 11.
Osakis — Gene Rasmusen will remain in the supervisor role. Total voters: 10.
Gordon — Supervisor Mike Nienaber prevailed over Dennis Carpenter, 44-4, and Shari Klukken will take over as treasurer after incumbent Alicia Franzen decided not to file. Total voters: 48.
West Union — Supervisor Earyl Didier and Treasurer Patricia Wallace were both returned to office. Total voters: 9.
Did you know?
The Minnesota Association of Townships shared some information about townships, including the following:
• There are approximately 914,174 township residents in 1,781 townships in Minnesota. Townships exist in every area of the state, including the metropolitan area. Some, with populations of more than 1,000, function in much the same way as a small city. While many townships remain rural agricultural centers, others host a variety of residential, light commercial and industrial development.
• Townships were the original form of local government in Minnesota, established in the 1800s when Congress ordered a survey that divided the Minnesota territory into 36 square mile tracts of land. Today, the term "township" generally refers to public corporations governed by a local board of supervisors and created to provide services to residents.