Moorhead residents to pick two new council members Nov. 5

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Moorhead City Hall is seen Sept. 23. Forum file photo
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MOORHEAD — For the past few months, the Moorhead City Council has been down to six members.

The council will be back to full strength on Nov. 12 after two new members are elected on Nov. 5.

This summer, Steve Gehrtz announced he was stepping down from his Ward 4 seat for business and family reasons. A few weeks later, Joel Paulsen took a job as director of the F-M Diversion Authority and resigned his Ward 3 seat. The council decided to wait for what they knew would be an upcoming election in November rather than appoint replacements.

The vote for the two council members is being held in conjunction with the school district vote on the $110 million bond referendum .

Only residents in the wards will vote for their council member.


The winners will serve a one-year term as the terms for Gehrtz and Paulsen, who both resigned effective Aug. 31, will expire at the end of next year.

The two new council members will be welcomed at a reception at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and then sworn in before the 5:30 p.m. meeting.

Five men are running for the Ward 3 seat. They are John Bell, Brent Behm, Edwin Hahn, Troy Krabbenhoft and Larry Seljevold. The ward runs from just north of Concordia, all the way south along the river to the Bluestem Amphitheater and is mostly west of Eighth Street South.

Ward 3 voting sites include the Knutson Campus Atrium on Concordia College, First Presbyterian Church at 2900 Fifth Street S., Valley Christian Church at 611 37th Avenue S. and Bethesda Lutheran Church at 401 40th Ave. S.

In Ward 4, which is mostly south of Interstate 94 and east of Eighth Street South, the seven candidates are Marc Hedlund, Jeremiah Jones, Steve Lindaas, Ryan Larson, James McKinstra, Eric Smith and Swede Stelzer.

Ward 4 voting sites are at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church at 2901 20th Street S., Brookdale Baptist Church at 1401 40th Ave. S., Lutheran Church of of the Good Shepherd at 4000 28th Street S. and Calvary Church at Village Green at 2801 Village Green Blvd.

Polling sites are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Absentee ballots must be returned to City Hall on the third floor by Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. and are available by calling 218-299-5166, visiting the third floor at City Hall or emailing

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