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Jennifer Gumbel enters political arena


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

When Jennifer Gumbel and her husband, Axel, left the Twin Cities a few years ago, it was with the intention of returning one day to make their permanent home there. Not anymore. "We are both very comfortable with rural living, especially after moving to LeRoy," she commented. "We feel there are better opportunities for both of us living here and a much better quality of life. We even have bald eagles living in our back yard!"

On March 3, Gumbel announced her candidacy for state representative from District 27b that covers most of Mower county and the northern part of Fillmore County. She will be running against DFL State Representative Jeanne Poppe, who has held this seat since 2004.

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, the 30-year old Gumbel attended the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School and the University of Minnesota, where she graduated with a degree in political science and German. She went on to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated with a degree in law. For the past year and a half she has practiced law with Scott Springer, Springer and Gumbel Law, PA, in Preston.

With her political science and law background, Jennifer said she has always been interested in politics and knew one day she would want to become more actively involved, just not this early in her career. However, she changed her mind when she was approached by more than one person who encouraged her to run for the office of state representative from her district. Thus, the seed was planted and further watered by a comment from Arne Carlson who said there was a great need for younger people to become involved in politics.

Young and enthusiastic, Jennifer has done her homework and is especially passionate about two areas: rural development and the budget. She feels the DFL has not been good at prioritizing issues, often at the expense of core functions. As a result, the budget has not allowed sufficient funding for areas involving everything from the effective commitment of sex offenders to maintaining our roads and bridges and making sure we can provide excellent educational opportunities for our children. Rather than increase taxes to bolster the floundering budget, Gumbel says it would be much better to prioritize and make cuts where needed. "Increased taxes will only further hurt farmers and small businessmen who can't afford to hire help and may have to go out of business because of the tax burden," she explained.

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City of Peterson increases electric rates

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on March 2 and was called to order by Chuck Eidenschink. In addition to Chuck, those present were Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Rick Lee and Lolly Melander. Jan Smaby was absent.
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Illg speculates on Palwenty's proposed LGA cuts

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the budget and the cuts that are coming from the state during their March 9 meeting. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the Governor's proposal has a cut of $80,408 from Harmony's LGA (Local Government Aid) for 20 ..... 
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Canton continues wastewater treatment talks

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on March 3. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order. Those present were: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Hank Selden was absent.

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Pilot Mound Township residents exercise right to vote

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

On the foggy evening of Tuesday, March 9, hundreds of individuals residing in area townships collectively cast their votes for positions of supervisor and clerk for their respective board of directors.

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Lanesboro discusses public utility increases

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates visited the Lanesboro City Council during their joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on March 8. Bubany had his spreadsheets ready for the city's budget, and discussed the plans for Capital Out ..... 
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Fifty years of public service

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Preston Township has enjoyed the dedication and public service of one of their own for a half century. Dave Wilson first served on the Preston Township Board of Supervisors in 1960 as their treasurer and held that position until 1975. At age 29, he ..... 
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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

• Amherst: Voters - 10

Supervisor: Darrell Nelson - 10

Clerk: Keith Brown -10

• Arendahl: Voters - 12

Supervisor: Merwood Storhoff - 12

Clerk: Hugh F. Fendry II - 12

• Beaver: Voters - 16
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GAMC Deal

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Thomas Boyd and Gail Bunge, Social Services, updated the board on planned changes to General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and Income Maintenance Programs at the board's March 9 meeting. Chairman Duane Bakke was absent as he was attending a Nationa ..... 
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