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Election roundup

Newcomer Mike Granlund takes one of two seats on the Maple School Board riding an avalanche of votes. The South Range man, who writes occasional articles for the Telegram, received 657 votes in Tuesday's election.

Newcomer Mike Granlund takes one of two seats on the Maple School Board riding an avalanche of votes. The South Range man, who writes occasional articles for the Telegram, received 657 votes in Tuesday's election.

He will be joined by Richard Forsythe of Iron River, who earned 454 votes. The two seats were previously held by Tim Thom and Evonne Zosel.

Thom did not run for re-election. Incumbent Zosel, a member of the school board since 1985, received 381 votes.

Granlund and Forsythe take their oath of office on April 26. Their first board meeting is May 17.

Although Granlund is a newcomer to the board, Forsythe served on the board for three years beginning in 2004. He resigned his position in 2007 to avoid a possible conflict of interest if his employer, Northwoods Paving, made a bid on the Northwestern High School construction project connected with a $33 million building referendum.

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Write-in winner ... maybe

Write-in votes may decide who will fill a vacant Douglas County Board seat. There were no declared candidates for the 11th District supervisor seat, formerly held by Mike Coyle of Superior. Six people received write-in votes during Tuesday's election. Kathy Schulties garnered four write-in votes, Bridget Markwood earned three votes and Robert Barts received two. Three men - Harold Grossman, Wendell Hathaway and Rick Sundet - each received a single vote.

Douglas County Clerk Sue Sandvick said she will contact the top three vote-getters to let them know they were write-in candidates and give them the vote totals. Each has until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request a recount. If no recount is ordered, Sandvick will send the candidate with the most votes a letter and forms to fill out - including the oath of office and other documents. If the packet of information is returned, that person will take the seat. If the information is not returned within a specified amount of time, the office becomes vacant and the board will appoint someone to fill the office.

Poplar puzzle

In the village of Poplar, Clerk Lori Plummer has been on the phone with the state election board for the past two days. Although there were three candidates running for three village trustee seats in Tuesday's election, a write-in candidate walked away with more votes than one of them.

Keith Peltier and Terri Nelson, who received 71 and 55 votes, respectively, will take seats on the village board. The third official candidate, Karen Nevin, garnered 43 votes, but will not take a seat. Randy Jones, a current board member who did not file candidacy papers for the election, received more than 43 write-in votes. Plummer said she is sending a letter by certified mail to Jones today. He will have five days from receipt of the letter to decide if he will accept or decline the position. If he chooses not to serve, Plummer said, the position will remain open until the board appoints somebody to the seat.

Other contested races

Four candidates were vying for three village trustee seats in Lake Nebagamon. The three top vote-getters were Howard Levo with 119 votes, Alan J. Lisdahl with 117 votes and Ray Enright with 112 votes. A fourth candidate, Dean C. Myers, received 63 votes.

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An open slot on the board of trustees for the village of Superior was filled by John H. Wick. He received 62 votes while a second candidate, Jeremy Engelking, received 48 votes.

Doug Hanson and Barbara Johnson won seats on the Wascott Town Board in Tuesday's election, beating fellow candidate Matthew Ahlberg. Johnson garnered 120 votes; Hanson earned 112 votes; Ahlberg received 97 votes.

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