Voters oust Hegberg, Pulkrabek from board

Weik survives challenge, Kriesel unopposed for another term

Voters in two Washington County Board of Commissioner districts replaced two incumbent commissioners Tuesday, including the current longest serving board member.

Hugo Mayor Fran Miron ousted long-time District 1 Commissioner and current board chairman Dennis Hegberg, while former Oakdale Mayor Ted Bearth defeated Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek in District 2.

Two other incumbent county commissioners were returned to the board, one without opposition. Voters in District 5 returned incumbent Commissioner Lisa Weik to the board while District 3 Commissioner Gary Kriesel was unopposed for another term.

Complete but unofficial results from the 16 District 1 precincts showed Miron, a Hugo dairy farmer, receiving 13,038 votes, 55.28 percent to Hegberg’s 10,458 votes, 44.34 percent.

Hegberg has served 22 years on the board and is a member of several county and state committees.

In District 2, complete but unofficial results from all 17 precincts showed Bearth getting 11,123 votes, 52.17 percent, to Pulkrabek’s 10,054 votes, 47.16 percent. Pulkrabek has served on the County Board since 1999.

Tuesday was the second time Bearth and Pulkrabek squared off in an election. Pulkrabek defeated Bearth in the 1994 Oakdale mayor’s race. Bearth was elected to the Oakdale City Council in 1996 and the two men served alongside each other for two years. Bearth served as an Oakdale council member or mayor for more than two decades before retiring in 2004.

Weik retained her District 5 board seat, defeating challenger Nancy Remakel. Compete but unofficial results from that district’s 12 precincts show Weik receiving 12,127 votes, 59.21 percent to Remakel’s 8,233 votes, 40.20 percent.

Kriesel was unopposed for his District 3 board seat, receiving 20,133 votes, 98.73 percent. There were 260 write-in votes in that district, 1.27 percent.

District 4 Commissioner Autumn Lehrke was the only County Board member not up for re-election this year.