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Wendy Reuer, Published November 08 2011

Three incumbents on Barnesville council unseated

BARNESVILLE, 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.

Barnesville results


Fred Dahnke 233 votes

Gene Prim (write in) 213 votes

Ward 1

Del Ellefson 61 votes

Betty Strom 103 votes

Ward 2

Merlin Strom 64 votes

Richard Sylvester 76 votes

Ward 3

Dennis Braton, Sr. 20 votes

Catherine Enstad 96 votes

Jeremy Krause 52 votes

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530