Four run for two open seats in Eureka
Minnesota townships will hold local elections March 14 and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In Eureka Township, part of the District 194 School District, four candidates are running for two open township supervisor seats.
Candidates are Allen Novacek, Donovan Palmquist, Butch Hansen and Nancy Sauber.
Novacek is a business owner and 25-year township resident who served three years on the township Planning Commission, according to the township’s January newsletter.
He said he is running out of concern about the direction local authorities are taking the township and is advocating for “a common sense approach to solving problems instead of ‘playing politics.’”
Novacek said he has witnessed how governing the township has turned into “governing the individual” and cited concern about “repeated abuses” by the board in their handling of township residents.
He also cited concerns about the possibility of Lakeville annexing the Airlake Airport and called for establishing a limited commercial zone in the township.
Novacek expands on his concerns at his website, acloserlookeurekatownship.com.
Palmquist is a 12-year township resident, member of Eureka Township Planning Commission, retired community college educator and professional kiln builder.
In the newsletter, he called commercial growth an inevitable issue that needs to be addressed. He said the township needs to create thoughtful solutions to minimize the impacts of growth.
“One of my priorities in serving on the board would be to work to preserve our rural quality of life while proactively managing growth of small commercial interests in the township,” Palmquist said.
He said his life experiences would benefit the township and include working with building officials, inspectors and city officials from around the nation.
“I am a positive person who builds bridges to accomplish a common goal. I try to be objective by looking at both sides of an issue to help both parties come to a rational and satisfying solution,” he said.
Hansen, a 36-year township resident who has served as Planning Commission chair and vice-chair in addition to serving on several task forces in the township, said it is time for a new voice in township government.
He said he wants to represent all township residents and believes everyone should be heard regarding issues in the community.
“My goal is to use this opportunity in becoming a Eureka Town Board Supervisor to benefit all residents,” Hansen said. “I believe everyone should be heard regarding issues in our community.”
He cited his experience as a landowner with agricultural products and livestock who owns a small business he has grown from the ground up.
Hansen said he is dedicated to protecting Eureka Township from annexation and excessive regulation, adding he wants to preserve and protect landowner rights and support businesses in the township.
“I would be honored to be the people’s representative on the Town Board and protect all our rights and dreams,” he said.
Sauber has been a member of the Planning Commission for five years, is now its chair and served three years on the Township Board, including her last year serving as attorney contact with oversight on legal questions and fees.
A former District 194 elementary teacher, she has lived in Eureka for over 60 years and was an active Girl Scouts volunteer.
She said building relationships with adjoining municipalities is important for Eureka to direct its own future.
“Long-range goals and land-use decisions are crucial in the township’s retaining its identity and high quality of life,” Sauber said in the newsletter.
Issues she said she would continue to work on are the airport annexation, long-range township planning and fiscal oversight of taxpayer funds.
Sauber said she tries to treat citizens with respect and listen to their concerns.
“I understand that the ordinances are our community’s laws and should be enforced even-handedly,” she said.
Eureka Township Board Chair Brian Budenski resigned his position Jan. 9. The township will seek a replacement after the election.