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Forum staff reports, Published August 02 2013

33-year-old to seek council seat in Moorhead's 4th Ward

MOORHEAD – Ben Anderson, 33, filed today to run for City Council in Moorhead’s 4th Ward.

Anderson, a regional director for the University of Minnesota Extension, grew up on a small grains and sugar beet farm in Stephen.

He earned a bachelor degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and was the former executive director of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Anderson was also previously administrator of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the subcommittee staff director at the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.

“My public service know-how will be beneficial to the city of Moorhead and its residents,” Anderson said in a news release.

The incumbent in the 4th Ward, which covers the city’s south and southeast portions, is Mark Hintermeyer. He isn’t running for re-election to the council seat because he’s running for mayor.

No other candidates have publicly announced a bid for the 4th Ward seat yet.