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Wednesday July 2010 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota- Page 7 The primary elections will be held Tuesday, Aug. 10, and in an effort to bring information about the different local candidates to our readers, we sent questionnaires to those who will be on the primary ballot. In the contest for Clearwater County Commissioner for District 1, there are four candidates, and voters at the primary will be narrowing that field to two for the November general election. Each candidate was asked to provide a brief background on themselves and respond to the following questions: 1) What do you see as the top three issues facing the county? Please explain. 2) State mandates impose costs upon local governments and add to our local bureaucracy. How do you feel our county can best deal with such mandates? 3) Our county will certainly have to make adjustments because of state cuts in aid. What can the county do to help prevent more property tax increases? 4) Considering the mix of residential and agricultural property, and businesses in rural areas, do you feel that zoning ordinarices may be needed for our county? For example, zoning ordinances that address noise, odor? 5) What is your position in promoting Clearwater County as a recreational area? 6) What do you see as the role of the County Board in assuring we have suitable health care in our county? 7) The Dept. of Human Services represents one of the county's largest budget areas. A certain numl~er of the funding comes from federal and state sources, but as the state and federal governments see revenue problems, what can the county do to assure Human Services programs do not become an excessive burden on local taxpayers? 8) Again related to Human Services, in light of state cuts, what can our county do to protect our most vulnerable citizens from health-related disasters that arise when they can no longer obtain state funding for their doctoring and medication? 9) What would be your role, as a commissioner, to promote economic development in Clearwater County? 10) Last January the county board ruled to publish the minutes in only one of the county's newspapers. Do you feel it would better serve the citizens of our county if the minutes of department head and regular board meetings were published in both the county's newspapers? 11) The editor ofthe Farmers Independent argued in January that the county could save money by posting the delinquent tax list on its website, along with the financial statement, but could provide the citizens with more meaningful information by publishing each department's budget, comparing the budgets of 10 years ago, 5 years ago, last year and the proposed new year's budget. Do you think this idea bears value to the citizens in gauging how efficiently the county is utilizing tax dollars? 12) Any comments you wish to make? 13) Why should citizens vote for you rather than one of your challengers in this election? will be raised because there is nothing new here to help out if we do have state and federal funding cuts. We will need new businesses and new jobs to make up the tax burden. And there is also the concern about public health, home care, and hospice in Clearwater County. We need to make sure that these stay available and that the hospital and clinic stay open to all of us in Clearwater County. 2: The state hands us these mandates and we either have to 'deal with them or we should get the Association of Counties together to fight them and try to get them changed. 3: We have to quit turning away business opportunities that want to come into our area. If all the businesses that this county has turned away were here now, we would have more people here with jobs and more people and businesses paying taxes. With more people and businesses paying taxes this would have brought our tax revenue up. 4: In our county as far as noise or odor ordinances are concerned, at this current time we really don't need them. But we might need them in the future as our county grows. And because our county will grow we would need to put these ordinances in place Michael Nelson Continued on pg. 8 The Clearbrook-Gonvick School A proactive school district providing an excellent learning environment for Pre-K - 12th grade students... ...addressing financial needs now rather than later! Eugene Cole Duane Hayes Sid Michel Eugene Cole is a resident of the City of Bagley. He attended Bagley High School and received a GED from Matmomen Schools in December 2001. He also attendedNorthland Community and Technical College one year in the auto body program in 2004-2005. In 2006 he trained as an EMT-B at the Red Lake Falls Ambulance Service. While studying at NCTC in Thief l~iver Fa~ls, he worked at TRF Pall Co., The=Tl es, and then went on to work at St. Hilaire Seed. After deciding he could not afford any more college tuition, he went to work at Evans Steel Co. in Thief River Falls. Cole returned to Bagley in July 2007 and worked at Hillside Lumber. Currently he does odd jobs, small repairs and raises his children. Cole has a committed relationship with Julie Berg; he is the father of one daughter, two step-daughters and has one son "on the way." la: Economic growth -- when moving to an new town or county, most people focus on three things: hospitals, schools and law enforcement. I would like to make sure that none of these resources are lost, and continue to remain intact for the residents of Clearwater County. lb: Accountability -- DepartmentheadsinClearwater County should be held accountable to their budgets, with the possible exception of unforeseen circumstances such as major disasters, fluctuating gas prices, etc. I believe that the county board should be held accountable to the residents of Clearwater County to answer questions regarding county government and past, present, or future decisions made by board. As an elected official, county board members should be readily available to the residents of Clearwater to answer questions, concerns, or suggestions. I'm a lifelong resident of Clearwater County, a third generation owner of the fam- ily Century Farm in Popple Township which I operate as Paradise Valley Buffalo Ranch. Following high school, I've enjoyed a variety of work experience through the years besides ranching: carpentry, pipeline worker, construction, logging, trucking, sawmill owner and operator, heavy equipment operator and build- hag subdi';,iSions. I am an independent busi- nessman. I owned my logging company for 16 years and my bison business for 29 years. My wife Mary is a teacher at Bagley Elementary. We have four children: John (Leigh), Oriann (Kory) Johnson, Beth (Matt) Huschle and Drew, and six grandchildren. I've served the community in a variety of ways. I am a three- term District 1 County Com- missioner and have served one term as SWCD Board Member. I currently serve on the Fair Board. I'm chairing the Pas- toral Nominating Committee at my church. I am a member of the Bagley Lions Club, the Clearwater Historical Society, vice chairperson of Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Mar- ket and a member of the newly formed Bagley Area Farmers Market. 1) I see the top three issues facing the county as cost shift by the state, the rise in insur- ance rates and the continued recession or economic slump. 2) We need to continue to do what we've done while I've been in office: continually eval- uate our programs and staffing, and monitor operations to re- duce operating costs and avoid a waste of resources. 3) Tax increases are avoided by keeping county operations as efficient as possible. For example, we have reduced costs of courthouse heating and cooling and have done staff sharing to keep costs down. We're involved in a I'm 56 years old and a lifelong resident in the city of Bagley. I have worked for U.S. Foodservices for the past 10 years. I owned and operated my own trucking company for seven years, and have worked with my wife in our carpet cleaning business for the last 15 year. I also worked at Nelson Eggs as a truck driver. I have been married to my wife Cheri for 37 years. We have one son and one grandson. 1) Keeping taxes down, maintaining the county's infrastructure and continuing to provide uninterrupted county services all while receiving less government aid will be the challenge of the future. We are going to have to expect greater efficiency from our various departments. 2) Keep in contact with our local representatives and challenge as needed. I would try to address the issues as quickly as they are proposed to attempt to rectify anything that would be a detriment to our local government. 3) I talked somewhat on this in Question 1. We need to encourage business growth and sho~ locally to help the businesses we have in the economic storm we are in, and to control costs at the county level so we can better utilize our county dollar. 4) To make new ordinances we have to take a good look at the cost to the taxpayer. In making new ordinances you would have to consider the cost of implementing them, i.e., law enforcement and court cost to make an offender liable for violating the ordinance. We need to preserve what we have in Clearwater County. I would protect citizens' rights and the environment. Both sides have to be considered. 5) We need to protect our existing recreational structures. But I believe future funding for new coustruction would Eugene Cole ConTmued on page 8 Duane Hayes Continued on page 8 Sid Michel Continued on page 8 Protect your engine with Cenex lubricants GET YOUR WHEELS ALIGNED NOWl I Fuel Assistance Vendor 211 So. M0in, Bagley 694-6228 Michael Nelson Michael Nelson works for Listrom's Disposal, coming here with a background that includes being half-owner of Nelson Bros. Roofing for 20 years; a former restaurant owner; former real estate salesman and former Pepsi Cola salesman. He is a graduate of Rosemount, Minn., High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has resided in Popple Township for 10 years. He is unmarried but is in a committed relationship. 1: There are many issues facing our county. In talking with the citizens of Clearwater County, I have found that the biggest concerns are bringing in new business and industry and jobs into our county. There are concerns over the young people leaving the area after they graduate from high school because there is nothing here for them to do. Of course, then that leads to another concern about whether or not taxes g _( -Recycling Conserves Resources- Participate at two collection sites: Clearbrook Highway Dept. Shop and Bagley Highway Dept. Building Materials accepted: Fiber: cardboard, office paper, t magazines, newspaper. Containers: steel and aluminum cans: This service is brought to you by Clearwater County Environmental Services, Clearwater County Courthouse, Bagley. 694-6183 Jytc -q ~ pepsi SATURDAY, AUG. 7 - 1:00 RM. At the Clearwater Counfy Fair in the grandstand .Admission: 16 & older - $10 16 & under - $8 Sponsored by the Bagley Lions Club gust 7 Compact Cars 1't - $800 2~ - $400 3rd - $200 Heat Winners $50 Register by 6:30 p.m. Action begins at 7:00 p.m. gust 8 Mid & Full Size Cars Full Size: 1 - $1,000 2nd- $500 3rd - $200 Mid-Size: 1~t _ $800 2"a - $400 3ra - $200 Heat Winners $50 Register by 1:30 p.m. Heats 2:00 p.m. Consolation & Features & Imperial Jackpot 7:00 p.m. Come watch at the Clearwater County Grandstand Admission: 16 & older, $10; under 16, $8 $35 entry fee & $20/pit pass Compact cars must have wheelbase of 102 or fewer inches, and have 6 or fewer cylinders. For entry forms, call Danny Willberg at 694-6575 Sponsored by the Bagley Lions Club