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Emily Welker, Published November 05 2013

Rick, Davis, Goedtke win seats on Barnesville council; Prim elected mayor

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – Incumbent 3rd Ward City Council member Jason Rick kept his seat in a three-way runoff here Tuesday, beating one challenger by a 10-vote margin.

In complete but unofficial results, Rick won the city’s only contested race on the ballot with 46 percent, or 76 votes, to challenger Wayne Cook’s 40 percent, or 66 votes. Dennis Braton Sr. placed third with 13 percent of the vote, or 22 votes.

“Good,” Rick said Tuesday night, reacting to his victory. “It means we can move on and make some more progress.”

He said he hopes to tackle the city’s problems of aging infrastructure over the next few years, and start working out a plan to replace water and sewer lines in the older parts of the city.

The city struggled with four major water main breaks recently, two of which hit during the three-day Potato Days festival in August.

Rick resumes his seat alongside incumbent 1st Ward winner Larry Davis. Davis, who has served on the council for 16 years, won with 67 percent, or 52 votes, in a write-in campaign against challenger Heather Weber, who received 47 percent, or 27 votes.

Newcomer Don Goedtke won the 2nd Ward seat on a write-in campaign with 68 percent, or 67 votes. Other write-in candidates Phil Trowbridge received 26 percent, or 26 votes, and Kimberly Sherva, with 6 percent, or 6 votes.

Challenger Gene Prim, ousted incumbent Mayor Fred Dahnke, who was not on the ballot, but was added as a write-in.

Prim won by 67 percent, or 308 votes, over Dahnke’s 33 percent, or 149 votes.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541