From staff reports
This week was a new beginning for many area elected officials as they took their oaths of office.
Elk River council members Barb Burandt and Matt Westgaard were sworn in at the first council meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 7. Burandt is new to the council, having won the Ward 3 race last fall. Westgaard was re-elected without opposition. Both terms are four years.
Anderson takes office
The next day, Sherburne County Recorder Michelle Ashe administered an oath of office for newly elected and re-elected county commissioners — Bruce Anderson, Rachel Leonard, Felix Schmiesing and John Riebel.
Commissioner Ewald Petersen’s board seat was the only one not up for election last fall.
Leonard, Schmiesing and Riebel join Petersen in returning to the board. Anderson, a retired sheriff in the county, defeated incumbent commissioner Larry Farber in a race Nov. 6.
Leonard’s board colleagues elected her as chairperson to preside over meetings in 2013; Riebel was voted vice chair.
Bunting elected chair
At the Elk River Area School Board’s annual organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 7, incumbents Sue Farber and Holly Thompson and newly elected Director Dan Hunt were sworn in to office for four-year terms. The three, all at-large directors, were elected Nov. 6.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the seven-member board voted to elect Jane Bunting as the new chair. She succeeds Jolene Jorgensen, who served one year as chair. Thompson, who was the clerk-treasurer, was elected as the new vice chair and At-Large Director Tony Walter was elected to replace Thompson. The other member of the School Board is District 1 Director Shane Steinbrecher.
Bunting, of Rogers, is the District 2 director. She was elected in 2010; this past year she served as vice chair.
Bunting is the owner of Wayzata Bay Spice Co. in Rogers and is a reserve officer with the Rogers Police Department. Her husband, Jay, is the mayor of Rogers.