Wendy Reuer, Published November 08 2011
Three incumbents on Barnesville council unseatedBARNESVILLE, Minn. – Three incumbents were unseated after Tuesday’s election here, while a write-in candidate gave the mayor a close call.
Mayor Fred Dahnke won re-election to a two-year term with 52 percent of the vote. Write-in candidate Gene Prim received 48 percent.
Voters were asked to choose one council member per ward and cast a vote for the mayor, who is elected at large.
In the 1st Ward, Betty Strom won with 63 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Dell Ellefson, who received 37 percent.
In the 2nd Ward, challenger Richard Sylvester defeated incumbent Merlin Strom by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.
Incumbent Jeremy Krause received 31 percent of the vote in the 3rd Ward. Challenger Catherine Enstad won with 57 percent of the vote. Third Ward candidate Dennis Braton received 12 percent of the vote.
Council members serve a four-year term.
Election Judge Jeri Reep said the off-year for elections didn’t affect voter turnout Tuesday.
“It’s been very good,” Reep said.
Fred Dahnke 233 votes
Gene Prim (write in) 213 votes
Del Ellefson 61 votes
Betty Strom 103 votes
Merlin Strom 64 votes
Richard Sylvester 76 votes
Dennis Braton, Sr. 20 votes
Catherine Enstad 96 votes
Jeremy Krause 52 votes
Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530