November 6, 2003 at 9:17 a.m.
Chisago Lakes voters filled two open school board seats and returned one incumbent.
Voters in Chisago Lakes elected Noel Stensrud and Lori Berg to fill two vacancies on the School Board left upon Cheryl Fish and Chuck Zimmerman announcing they would not seek re-election. Berg won by 674 votes, Stensrud got 565 and incumbent Board member Gerald Vitalis garnered 624 votes.
The other candidates were: Mike Olmschenk with 549 votes, Jim Mickelson got 445, Kathy Kirvida (write-in) received 311, Kris Silbernagel got 249, Dave Kampa had 175, Chuck Fitzer got 142 votes and Mike Hamer 128 votes.
Only 1,421 voters turned out for the School Board election in Chisago Lakes, out of a total of 11, 861 registered voters.
The voting results are not certified until the Board meets to canvass the balloting, these and the North Branch numbers are not “official” yet.
In North Branch the levy authorization for additional operating revenue was denied on a vote of 2,423 no to 1,778 yes.
The second ballot question for technology revenue was denied, with that vote reported as 2,564 no to 1,628 yes. None of the precincts when separated out voted yes on either ballot question, the two questions lost in every precinct in North Branch.
School Board incumbents Mary Jo Ahlgren, Donna Hubbard and Kim Salo were seated without opposition.
The vote totals were Ahlgren with 1,216, Hubbard with 1,163 and Salo with 1,153.