Rhonda Silence

Lutsen Town Clerk talks about her role, elections

Lutsen citizens will go to the polls and gather for their annual township meeting at the Lusten Town Hall at 116 Caribou Trail on Tuesday, March 10. Polls open at 5 p.m. and will be open until 8 p.m. The annual meeting opens after the polls close.

Candidates have come forward to run for all of the Lutsen offices up for election, but not all will be on the ballot. There are three positions on the Lutsen ballot, including one supervisor seat for three years. Lutsen is the only township that has a contested race. There are two choices on the ballot for that seat, incumbent supervisor Andrew Beavers and challenger Lollie Cooper.

There is a one-year supervisor seat due to a resignation. Colleen Brennan has filed to run for that supervisor slot. She is unopposed.

Lutsen also needs a treasurer candidate and because no one came forward in time there is no box to check for treasurer on the printed ballot. However, Ashley VanDoren agreed to run for the seat. Because she announced after the filing deadline, she is a write-in candidate for treasurer.

Township elections and annual meetings are held on the second Tuesday of March all across the state of Minnesota, including Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Lutsen Town Clerk Sharon Hexum-Platzer about her position in Lutsen, which sheds some light on the work of all the citizens who serve on township boards.