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8/7/2014 3:04:00 PM
Five up for area county commissioner in August 12 primary

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson, 56, 10679 375th St. Way, Leon Township, is Service Manager at Niebur Tractor in Miesville. Anderson is a Cannon Falls High School graduate and has taken short courses at the Minnesota Association of Townships Conferences.

Anderson and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Ariana Wright of Park Rapids, MN and Travis Anderson of Cannon Falls.

Anderson has served as Leon Township Clerk for 12 years and on the Goodhue County Board of Adjustment for nine years. He has been on the Belle Creek Watershed Board for three years. He was also on the Cannon Falls School Board for six years, the St. Columbkill Catholic Church Council, the Goodhue County Pork Producers, and was the 4-H Federation Adult Treasurer.

Why is he running?

In the past several weeks, I have spent time talking with present Goodhue County commissioners, the county administrator, county department heads and have attended township meetings for all six townships in District 2, seeking input as to the important issues in Goodhue County.

  Based on these conversations, as well as conversations with residents, I believe there is a need to develop a vision for the future of our county.  This vision and strategic plan should guide the decision-making process and assure that Goodhue County continues to move forward.

 Goodhue County needs to strive to be a destination for families to live, work, and play if we are to be viable in the future.  I have a desire to help create this vision with input from residents, county staff, and local officials, and that is why I want to represent District 2 as county commissioner.

Nora Bryson Felton

Nora Bryson Felton, 50, 33079 County 24 Blvd., Stanton Township, is part of a farming operation with her husband, Doug, and has worked as a reporter for the Beacon for 20 years. She was previously a field rep for Green Giant.

Felton worked her way through college (Bailey Hall, Veterinary Labs, U of M Hospital Molecular Genetics, StarTribune, Rice Co. Extension), studied in Europe and Russia, and graduated from the U of M with a double major (Animal Science and Ag Journalism) and a double minor (Ag Econ and International Ag.

"Growing up on the family farm, I learned the value of integrity, hard work, education, team work, and compassion," said Felton.  "I learned to care for the land and that life was precious. 4-H and FFA taught me planning, organization, and leadership.  Along with my faith, they instilled in me appreciation for those who fought and died for our freedoms and the need to give back to the community."

Felton calls county government the last bastion of our republic.  "We, the people of Goodhue County, deserve more than a 30-day comment period handed down by some 'expert' in some remote agency with no idea of the local social, economic, or geological situation.  We deserve leaders who listen to real experts- folks who live and work here, dedicating their lives to the betterment of our communities and schools. My husband and I have spent almost 20 years together; being a voice for rural America, giving back to our community,  and trying to build a viable farming operation to pass on to our children.  I am in this race for them and for children throughout Goodhue County.  I want them to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities I've had in a prosperous, strong, honorable America."

Ed McNamara

Edward McNamara, 55, 37299 171st Avenue, Belle Creek Township, is an Agricultural Producer. His education includes Riverland Community College-Farm Business Management, and University of Minnesota Waseca-Diversified Agricultural Production as well as Goodhue Public Schools.

McNamara is married to Jane McNamara. His children are Megan, Abbey, Molly and Sam.

McNamara has served as a Supervisor on the Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District since 1997 and has served on SWCD area and state boards and as a delegate to national meetings.

McNamara is a lifelong member of St. Columbkill Church and has served on the council, as a trustee, and as a member of the choir.

McNamara served on the Belle Creek Township Board from 1985-1997 as a Supervisor and Treasurer.

He has also been involved with agricultural producer groups such as the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Corn and Soybean Growers, Holstein Association, and the Certified Crop Advisors of America.

  McNamara believes he can build consensus in working together with all the commissioners and staff who make Goodhue County not just a good, but a great place to live and work. The county board should have a vision of where we go from here and hire or maintain employees who can make that happen.

McNamara cites Hwy. 52 development, road infrastructure, and employee training as issues he has interest in. "Standing Pat" will not move us as a county into the future, he says.

"I also want to bring my experience working with our neighboring counties to continue needed policy work in soil and water conservation."

Sarah Pettit

Sarah Pettit, 48, is an active citizen and resident of Minneola Township (15361 440th Street). She is married to Joel Pettit and they have three children. Kalie, 27, is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Madison, 23, is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus. Jared, 22, is a student at South Dakota State.

She has been a dairy farmer for 31 years, currently raising dairy replacement heifers along with owning and operating Pettit's IBA, a dairy supply business.

Pettit was appointed to the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission by the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners, serving from 1998 until 2007. The Planning Advisory Commission gives advice and recommendations to the County Commissioners on matters including conditional use permits, subdivisions of land and planned unit developments.

She also served on the 2004 Goodhue County Comprehensive Plan sub-committee, the Mining Ordinance sub-committee, and chaired the Planning Advisory Commission 2 years.

Pettit spearheaded the efforts to include Agricultural Tourism in the County Zoning Ordinance and was involved with developing the Wireless Communications Facilities ordinance.

She is currently serving her fifth year as the DHIA bookkeeper and is in her fourth year as Minneola Township Clerk.

"I believe my experience working with Township and County issues would make me a good asset to the County Board of Commissioners," said Pettit. "Mindful of the community's needs and wishes, I would offer a non-partisan approach to help create goals and decisions that are good for the people living in Goodhue County to improve this area in the immediate present, and in the long term for our future generations."

Sandra Wollschlager

Sandy Wollschlager, 56, 30065 82nd Avenue Way, Cannon Falls Township, has worked at 3M for thirty-four years, working on environmental, health, worker safety, and regulatory law.

Wollschlager has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Augsburg College, and a Master's in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Wollschlager and her husband, Joe, have been married 38 years.  Their children graduated from Cannon Falls High School. Lindsey, 32, and her husband, Justin, live in Minneapolis. Carl, 28, lives in Bellingham, WA.

Wollschlager served a term in the Minnesota Legislature representing Goodhue and Wabasha Counties.  She served eight years on the Cannon Falls School Board.  She worked with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) in developing a documentary on "Women Making Change." She volunteers for 3M's Visiting Wizard Science Program, American Association of University Women (AAUW), League of Women Voters (LWV), and is a member of Vasa Lutheran Church.

Wollschlager says she can make a positive difference representing the District.

"When I was in the Legislature, my committee assignments were Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections; Taxes (Vice Chair), and Veterans Affairs Division," she notes.  "Goodhue County Commissioners work with these issues every day too. 

"I like working on challenging projects.  My work experience, science education and advanced degree in public administration are also an asset." 

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