Faribault County voters make picks

BLUE EARTH — Faribault County Commissioner Tom Loveall of rural Winnebago won re-election Tuesday night in District 4, downing challenger Dru Martin of rural Easton by a margin of 62-38 percent.

Five other candidates — all incumbents — for Faribault County offices ran unopposed and won. They are District 2 Commissioner Greg Young, Auditor/Treasurer John Thompson, Recorder Sherry Asmus, Sheriff Michael Gormley and County Attorney Kathryn Karjala-Curtis.

Meanwhile, in the city of Blue Earth, three candidates ran unopposed for three at-large seats on the City Council. They are Marlyn Cassem, Wendy Cole and Russell Erichsrud.

Blue Earth voters also overwhelmingly supported a local option sales tax of one-half of 1 percent. The measure was approved by a margin of 61-39 percent. The tax is expected to raise $5 million over 25 years to fund sewer plant improvements, street construction and/or recreational amenities.

And at Blue Earth Area Schools, seven candidates were seeking four seats on the school board. Voters elected Susan Rosenau (19 percent), Sara Hauskins (17 percent), Kyle Zierke (14 percent) and Stacey Beyer (13 percent). Also running were Amber Patten (12.8 percent), Matt Ertman (12.5 percent) and Jeffrey Eckles (11.9 percent).