Gotzian write-in winner at Orrock

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Only 90 people turned out to vote in the Orrock Township supervisor’s annual election Tuesday. 
Those who did turn out to vote elected Charlie Gotzian to the board over declared candidate Gary Goldsmith. 
Gotzian had 47 votes. Goldsmith had 42 votes. One ballot was cast for Jerry Petersen.
Running unopposed, Brenda Kimberly Maas also won her bid to keep the position of township clerk with 46 votes. Goldsmith also received  38 votes for the position of clerk.
“I want to thank the people who voted for me,” Maas said. “I appreciated their confidence.”
Election judges were Bob Kjelberg, Jim Johnson, Kari Silverberg and Jodi Benker. The polls were open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting machines were not used in this election.
Sup. Ron Dolly said he will resign from the board since Gotzian won. Dolly had taken out a restraining order against Gotzian, claiming he was obstructing access to his driveway and staslking him, a charge Gotzian denies. 
A temporary restraining order was issued and the matter was scheduled for a court hearing Friday morning, however Dolly is expected to drop his request for the restraining order.
“I am going to do my best for everybody,” said Gotzian in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I intend to be fair and not make things personal.”
“I really had not intended to run  again until Mr. Dolly took out the restraining order,” he said. “I don’t know why he did.”
 

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MEMBERS OF THE BIG LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR performed for the school board at the beginning of their last meeting. The Chamber Choir members are selected for their skills from among their peers. They were directed by Mary Ebanks. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

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SHERBURNE COUNTY ATTORNEY Kathleen Heaney, taking over as MCAA President. (Submitted photo.)

Cheryl Turck and Corey Mabis of the Sherburne County Probation Dept. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

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