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Niewoehner won’t run for third term

By Staff | Feb 4, 2010

Rugby’s city election is five months away, but there is one thing for sure.

A new mayor will be elected.

Dale Niewoehner, who is completing his second term as Rugby mayor, announced at the end of last week’s council meeting, he will not seek re-election.

Niewoehner has served 30 years as an elected city official. Prior to his two terms as mayor, he was a councilman for 12 years, beginning in 1990. He was also amember of the park board for 16 years, beginning in 1980.

“I have enjoyed my time serving, it’s been both challenging and rewarding, but it’s time to step down,’ he said.

Niewoehner ran unopposed for the office in both elections. Who and how many candidates will come forward remains to be seen. No one has yet to file.

It’s speculated that one or more current council members may seek the four-year office.

Bednarz, Hartl, plan to run again

Ward Two Councilman Dave Bednarz said he will seek a second term.

“It’s been a particularly tough year, but will get through it and hopefully I’ll get a chance to continue to serve,’ Bednarz said. “There is a lot to the position, but I’ve enjoyed it.”

Ward Three Councilman Bill Hartl will also run for his seat. Hartl was appointed two years ago to fill the remaining term of Selmer Jelsing, who passed away while in office.

Hartl has enjoyed his brief time on the council and working along with his fellow council members.

Brossart, Schneibel not yet decided

First Ward Councilman Steve Brossart is finishing is his first term and has not yet decided whether he will run again.

“I think it takes a term to fully understand the process,’ Brossart said. The second term you are more comfortable (in the position). No doubt it’s a commitment.”

Like Brossart, Monte Schneibel, ward four councilman, has not yet decided if he will seek re-election. No current council member has served as long. He’s completing his 15th year.

“I’ve had a few calls from people asking whether I’m going to run again,’ Schneibel said. “I’m going to think about a little while longer before making a decision.”

The deadline to file with the city auditor to be placed on the June city ballot is April 9.

Carryover members to the city council include: Bruce Rheault, ward one; Gerry Jacobson, ward two: Jim Hoffert, ward three; and Terry Wentz, ward four.

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