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Four incumbents, challenger after four Village of Ellsworth seats

Curtis Betthauser1 / 4
Neil Gulbranson2 / 4
Kenny Manfred3 / 4
Curt Wandmacher4 / 4

Village of Ellsworth voters will face ballots with the names of four incumbents and a challenger vying for four available seats on the village board in next Tuesday's election.

The candidates are: incumbent Gerald DeWolfe for the village president seat, and Curtis Betthauser and incumbents Neil Gulbranson, Kenny Manfred and Curt Wandmacher for three trustee seats.

They were provided with questionnaires by the Herald. DeWolfe didn't respond. Following are the questions and the other candidates' responses.

Please give a brief description of yourself. Include information such as age, family, where you live and for how long, and list any educational, life or public service experiences which you believe will assist you in the position you're seeking.

BETTHAUSER: Curtis Betthauser, A lot of you already know me.  For those of you that don't, I'm 52-years-old, a commercial carpenter by trade, and live here on Summit Avenue with my wife, Michelle, and our three children, Jacob, Kelsey and Logan. We've been here for the past 24 years.

GULBRANSON: Neil Gulbranson, 600 Crest Ln., Ellsworth, age 59, wife Sue, three daughters and one granddaughter. I have lived in Ellsworth for 58 years. I have a degree in Police Science. I retired after 39 years working for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, with 27 years as Chief Deputy.

MANFRED: Kenny Manfred--Resident of 113 Hall Hill Street in Ellsworth for 42 years and graduate of Ellsworth High School. Married to wife, Carolyn. We have two grown children and one granddaughter. Former church council member at English Lutheran Church. Member of the Ellsworth Fire Department for 24 years (retired).

WANDMACHER: My name is Curt Wandmacher. I am 61-years-old. I grew up in Hager City. I graduated from Ellsworth High School. I received a BS degree from UW-La Crosse. I have been employed by Smead Manufacturing in Hastings, Minn., for 39 years.  I have lived in Ellsworth for 37 years with my wife Vickie (Bjork).

If you are a challenger, explain how and why you chose to seek the position and what areas particularly interest you; if you are an incumbent, discuss the committees on which you have served, review any accomplishments to which you feel you have made a particular contribution and share your intentions for involvement during a new term.

BETTHAUSER: (Challenger) I chose to run just to see if I could do it. Kind of a personal goal, and as I stated last year, areas that I'm interested would be infrastructure-related.

GULBRANSON: I am presently Chair of the Salary and Labor Committee and Public Safety Committee. I represent the Village of Ellsworth on the Ellsworth Fire Association.

MANFRED: In serving on the various committees over the years, I have played a very active role in the development of the Cottages of Ellsworth, purchase and re-location of the Village Hall, and many street and park improvements.

WANDMACHER: I presently serve as the chairperson for the Finance, Purchasing and Building Committee, Water and Sewer Committee and the Housing Authority.

For more please read the March 27 print version of the Herald.