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Absentee Voting Continues; Voters May Have Usual Voting Experience Beginning Nov. 1

Absentee voting for the statewide general election continues through Monday, Nov. 7. On Election Day, Nov. 8, voters must vote at their designated precincts.  Polling location information is available online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office at mnvotes.org. Due to state legislative changes that allow for “no-excuse absentee voting,” voter turnout by absentee ballot is high. Continue Reading →

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Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Gary Kriesel to Washington County Board

While public attention has lately focused on national election politics, we need to remember that it is local policy and decision making that make the difference for our communities and quality of life. We are supporting Gary Kriesel for re-election to the Washington County Board. Gary’s work has been instrumental in a number of issues that matter to our communities. We support him for his work on preserving public land along the St. Croix River, the new St. Continue Reading →

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4 Stillwater School Board Candidate Forums are Happening this Month

There are four remaining Stillwater School Board Candidate Forums before November’s elections. The Stillwater Gazette sponsored School Board Candidate Forum is happening Monday, Oct. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Stillwater Junior High School. Three more Stillwater School Board candidate forums later this month:

Family Friendly Meet the Candidates for School Board

Hosted by St. Croix Valley Gifted

Sunday, October 16 at 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Teddy Bear Park, 207 Nelson St E, Stillwater, MN 55082

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Monday, Oct 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian, Fellowship Room, 6201 Osgood Ave N., Stillwater

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Marine Village Hall, Marine on Saint Croix

Here’s links to more information about the Stillwater School Board candidates (in alphabetical order):

Amy Burback

Jerry Clark

Robert Craggs

Tom DeGree

Michelle Deziel

Chad Gamradt

Donald Hovland

Jennifer Pelletier

Michael Ptacek

Sarah Stivland

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Updated: 8 Candidates File for Stillwater School Board Election

The filing period for three seats on the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education opened on Tuesday. Seats currently held by Kathy Buchholz, Amy Burback and Mike Ptacek are up for election in November. So far, eight candidates have filed affidavits of candidacy, according to Stillwater Area Public School’s website. The filing period is open through Tuesday, Aug. 16. Continue Reading →

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Elections 2016: Races for Washington County, Stillwater City Council Take Shape

A few local races took shape Tuesday night as candidate filing periods for for state, county and two seats on the Stillwater City Council came to a close. Here’s a quick look at the races:

Stillwater City Council

Brennen Swanson and Dave Junker will vie for a seat to represent Ward 2 on the Stillwater City Council. Tom Weidner will run unopposed to represent Ward 3. Washington County

Former Oak Park Heights Mayor David Beaudet will challenge incumbent Gary Kriesel in a race to represent District 3 on the Washington County Board of Commissioners. Minnesota Senate

Sten Hokanson (D – Stillwater) will challenge incumbent Karin Housley (R – St. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Seeks Election Judges for Primary, General Election


Washington County is seeking election judges for the 2016 primary and general elections. During the this year’s primary and general elections, about 2,000 election judges will be needed to staff polling locations throughout Washington County. Election judges and election judge trainees are the officials who staff the polling location and ensure that the rights of voters are protected on Election Day. Required qualifications for an election judge are:

U.S. citizen eligible to vote in Minnesota;

at least 18 years of age (if you are 16 or 17 years old, see information on the Washington County website and search “election judge;”

Able to read, write and speak English; and

Complete a two-hour training, which can be done online. Required qualifications for a student election judge are:

must be at least 16 years old;

have approval from parents and school’s principal;

must submit a written request to principal at least 10 days before Election Day; and

must complete an application that is to be signed by parents/guardians and school’s principal. Continue Reading →

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Candidate Filing for 2 Stillwater City Council Seats Opens May 17

The candidate filing period for for two seats on the Stillwater City Council opens Tuesday, May 17. Stillwater City Council elections will be held for representatives of Wards 2 and 3. City Council members serve four-year terms, beginning in January 2017. Dave Junker was appointed in 2015 to represent Ward 2 after Ted Kozlowski was elected mayor. Tom Weidner was elected in 2012 to represent Ward 3. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel will Seek Fourth Term

Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel announced on Wednesday that he is seeking re-election this fall. Kriesel was first elected to represent District 3 on the Washington County Board of Commissioners in November 2004. He was re-elected in 2008, and again, in 2012. “I have worked hard on behalf of the citizens and communities of District 3 and have been a strong voice for fiscal discipline,” Kriesel said. “I will continue to fight to make sure their hard-earned tax dollars are well spent.”

While serving on the Board of Commissioners, Kriesel worked with local, state and federal leaders to gain support for the St. Continue Reading →

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Election Day Results: Ted Kozlowski is Stillwater’s 50th Mayor

Ted Kozlowski has been elected Stillwater’s 50th mayor, according to unofficial election results. Kozlowski received 62 percent of the vote (4,642). Jon Rheinberger (37 percent) received  2,270 votes. After Kozlowski is sworn in as mayor, the council will appoint a Ward 2 representative to serve out the remainder of Kozlowski’s city council term. Ward 1 Council Member Doug Menikheim (52 percent) was re-elected, grabbing 823 votes, defeating challenger Ryan Collins (48 percent) with 757 votes. Continue Reading →

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Watch the Stillwater City Council, Mayoral Forum Online

The Stillwater City Council and mayoral candidates participated in a forum last week at Stillwater City Hall. The two mayoral candidates — Ted Kozlowski and John Rheinberger — along with Ward 1 candidates — Ryan Collins and Doug Menikheim — talked about redevelopment, downtown parking, life after the St. Croix River Crossing is complete, taxes and more. Watch video of the candidate forum here:

Stillwater Current will break the forum down into written text soon.

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Elections 2014: 8 File to Run for 4 Seats on Stillwater Area School Board

Update: Eight candidates have filed to run for one of four seats on the Stillwater Area Public Schools Board of Education. The seats up for election are currently held by School Board members Natasha Fleischman, Natalie Fedie, George Hoeppner and Tom Lehmann. Board Members Fleischman and Fedie are not seeking re-election. These are the eight candidates who filed to run:

Fred Anderson

George Hoeppner

Donald G. Hovlund

Tom Lehmann

Paul “Woody” Leindecker

Paula O’Loughlin

Shelley Pearson

Aly Xiong

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Continue Reading →

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Candidate Filings for Stillwater Mayor, City Council Close Today

Today is the last day to file for public office in Stillwater. There are three seats up for election on the Stillwater City Council. In the mayoral race, Ward 2 City Council Member Ted Kozlowski and John Rheinberger have filed to run for office. In Ward 1, Ryan Collins will challenge incumbent Doug Menikheim, who will seek a second term on the council. Mike Polehna is the only candidate to file in Ward 4. Continue Reading →

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Election Update: Rheinberger Files a Run for Stillwater Mayor, Collins to Challenge Menikheim in Ward 1

There will be a race for at least two of the three seats open on the Stillwater City Council. John Rheinberger filed to run for mayor against Ward 2 City Council Member Ted Kozlowski. As of May 27, no other candidates have filed to run for mayor. In Ward 1, Ryan Collins threw his hat in the ring for the seat currently held by Doug Menikheim, who will seek re-election. Mike Polehna has filed for re-election in Ward 4. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki Will Not Seek Re-Election; Council Member Ted Kozlowski Announces Mayoral Bid

Ken Harycki will not seek a third term as Stillwater mayor. “Ten years is enough,” Harycki said. “It is time to turn the position over to the next generation.” Harycki’s letter announcing that he will not seek another term as mayor reads, in part:

“As a city we have accomplished a lot in ten years. We completed the decades long flood protection for the city and started rebuilding Lowell Park. Continue Reading →

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Tom DeGree Announces Bid for Minnesota House of Representatives in District 39B


Lake Elmo native Tom DeGree has announced a run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. DeGree, an elementary school teacher and small business owner announced his candidacy for state representative today. Here is the news release announcing his bid:

DeGree, a DFL candidate, is launching a bid to represent District 39B, the same area where he was raised. This is DeGree’s second bid for the seat, one which he came close to winning in 2012 even after an unprecedented influx of special-interest funding against him. “It’s time that the people of our community have a voice at the Capitol,” DeGree said. Continue Reading →

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Sen. Karin Housley Will Not Run for Governor, Prepares to Work on MNSure, Jobs

Sen. Karin Housley said on Monday that she will not seek the Republican nomination for governor. “There have been a number of people encouraging me to run for governor and I want to thank them all for what they’ve said and done,” Housley said Monday night. Frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed by the people who called, wrote and encouraged me. “But after thinking about it, talking to my family and constituents of the 39th Senate District, I feel that it is not the right time for me.”

Housley, a real estate agent, was elected to the Senate in 2012. “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people, getting a better feel for the challenges they face and working to provide solutions to those challenges, Housley said in a statement.”I want to stay in the Senate, continue to work for the people who elected me and work to make this state a better place. Continue Reading →

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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput Announces Bid for Re‐Election

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced his bid for re-election as county attorney late Sunday night. Orput joined three of his metro area colleagues—Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Carver County Attorney Mark Metz— in making announcements for re-election bids in 2014. All four county attorneys took office in 2011, and have forged “productive partnerships and coalitions to address public safety and criminal justice issues,” the announcement reads. Orput, Palumbo, Choi and Metz collaborate regularly, which has resulted in a “distinguished record of accomplishments.”

Each of the four first-term county attorneys have established veteran’s court or veteran’s justice initiatives, taken steps to combat the sex trafficking of children and  taken a stand against elder abuse. Orput will be seeking his second term in office. Continue Reading →

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