Newcomers file for city, park offices

Several new candidates have filed to run in the June 10 election for Minot City Council and Minot Park Board.

In Minot’s Ward 1, incumbent David Lehner is being challenged by Robert Timm. Benjamin Berg is seeking the Ward 2 seat being vacated by George Withus, who is not running again. Newcomer Miranda Schuler and incumbent Scott Knudsvig are vying for the seat in Ward 5.

Chuck Barney, a former Minot city council member, is running for mayor to replace Curt Zimbelman, who is stepping down after 12 years.

Mark Rasmuson is running to reclaim the city judgeship position that he held for 32 years until being defeated in the 2010 election by Aaron Vibeto. Vibeto is not seeking re-election.

Park board candidates are incumbents Richard Sabol and Connie Feist and newcomers Charles Emery and Nancy Beck.

Ward 1 candidate Timm is a Realtor and owner of National Marketing Realtors. He has lived in Minot for the past 11 years.

“A neighborhood needs somebody that represents them,” he said. “People want our infrastructure in this ward to be fixed.”

Lehner, who works for Clear Channel radio, was first elected in 2002.

Running unopposed in Ward 2, Berg is a life-long Minot resident who teaches business and marketing education at Minot High School. Before his employment with the Minot Public Schools, Berg purchased mixed-use retail and residential property in downtown Minot. In announcing his candidacy, he said he continues to invest in and improve the property in an effort to increase the number of residents who can live in and enjoy downtown Minot while preserving the history of the building.

Berg is a 2013 graduate of Minot State University with a degree in business and marketing education. He serves on Minot’s Downtown Business & Professional Association’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Minot Community Character Counts! Coalition.

In Ward 3, Dean Frantsvog is running unopposed. An attorney and professor at Minot State University, he has served on the council since 2002.

Incumbent Milt Miller is running unopposed for the Ward 4 seat. He was elected to fill a vacancy in 2012.

Miranda Schuler, in Ward 5, has lived in her Minot neighborhood since 2006. A Bottineau native, she graduated from Surrey High School and is an agent with Bierschbach Farmers Insurance.

“I have a strong connection to the town, and I want to see more and I want to do more,” she said of her interest in representing her ward on the council.

Knudsvig was first elected to represent Ward 5 in 2006. He is a shareholder at the Pringle & Herigstad law firm in Minot and a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Pankow, who works at IRET, is running unopposed for the Ward 6 seat being vacated by Blake Krabseth, who is not seeking re-election. He serves as chairman of the Minot Planning Commission.

In Ward 7, Lisa Olson is running unopposed. A special education teacher at TGU-Granville, she is completing her first term on the council.

Barney announced last fall that he planned to run for mayor in 2014.

Barney is a long-time Minot resident who served three terms as Fourth Ward alderman and two terms as Minot City Council president. He is director of the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy at Minot State University, and he and his wife own Souris Valley Apartments.

Feist and Sabol are seeking re-election to the park board. Feist, the owner of Mile One Running Shop, is seeking her third term. Sabol, a retired teacher, is seeking his second term.

Robert Petry, who has served on the park board more than 30 years, missed the filing deadline, although he said he had intended to run again. He may run as a write-in but said he is weighing his options regarding whether to continue on the board.

Emery has been manager for Maysa Arena for almost 14 years. He said he plans to retire this year and would move up his retirement date if elected to the park board. He said his experience with Maysa gives him a different perspective and offers an inside look on ways the district can better serve the community and keep taxes down.

Beck is a teacher at Ramstad Middle School and works with the Minot Swim Club. She said she is running because of an interest in helping the city.