West End election filing period open until January 15

Although township elections are not held until March, the 
time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file 
is now. The filing period to run for treasurer or supervisor for the 
townships of Lutsen, Schroeder or Tofte opened January 1 and will 
close at 5 p.m. on January 15. Each of the townships is holding an 
election for a supervisor term of 3 years and a treasurer term of two 
years.
Lutsen supervisor undecided
In Lutsen, the incumbents are Treasurer John Groth and Supervisor Joe 
Buttweiler. Contacted by phone, Groth, who has served as Lutsen 
treasurer since 2004 said he has filed and hopes to continue to serve 
as township treasurer.
At press time Buttweiler said he was undecided.
To file for office in Lutsen, contact Town Clerk Silviya Duclos at 
(218) 370-9255.
Schroeder incumbents file for reelection
Both of the Schroeder incumbents—Treasurer Alisha Kangas and 
Supervisor Tina McKeever said they would run again. Reached at press 
time, they each said they had filed their intent to run for reelection
at the town meeting on January 8.
McKeever is running for her second term as supervisor. “I would like 
to keep at it,” she said. “During the first term you are just kind of 
getting your feet wet.”
To file for office in Schroeder, contact Town Clerk Doug Schwecke at 
(218) 663-7559.
Tofte treasurer stepping down
Tofte may see a change on its board. Incumbent Supervisor Jim King 
said he would like to continue his service on the town board and said 
he would be paying his filing fee at the upcoming Tofte meeting.
Tofte Treasurer Mary Jane Huggins said she is ready to step down. The 
owner of Tall Tale Yarn Shop in Tofte, Huggins said the shop is 
keeping her too busy. And, she added, the treasurer position has 
become much more complicated than when she was first elected clerk.
However another Huggins—Mary Jane’s husband—Bill Huggins has decided 
to run for the position. Huggins previously served as Tofte Supervisor 
and was a member of the school board of School District 166. Bill 
Huggins said that now he is retired, he feels he has the time to 
devote to the treasurer position. “I know it’s hard to find anyone to 
take over,” he said. “So I thought I would give it a try.”
To file for office in Tofte, contact Town Clerk Barb Gervais at (218) 
663-7315 or (218) 370-0763.
A non-refundable fee of $2 is charged at the time of filing. Township 
elections are held the third Tuesday of March. The 2013 election will 
be March 19.