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School board winners react to election

Becky Hensley1 / 3
Chris George2 / 3
Greg Faber3 / 3

Chris George of Osakis was pleasantly surprised by the results of the Osakis School Board election. He was one of the top vote getters and will be replacing Monika Klimek, who did not refile for the position.

"I was not sure what to expect from the election," he said. "It was a new experience for me."

As a new member to the school board, George said he is in a great situation where he will get to learn from the other school board members, who he called "experienced and talented."

"I hope to follow their lead and contribute in a positive way," he said, adding that he was thankful and appreciative of everyone's support.

George was one of six candidates vying for three spots on the Osakis School Board. He was the second top vote getter, garnering 878 votes. The other two winners were incumbents, Becky Hensley, who received 1,047 votes, and Greg Faber, who got 804.

Faber, who first ran and was elected four years ago, said he is grateful to have been re-elected to the school board for another term.

"We have an exceptional community that does a great job supporting our school," he said. "I look forward to working with fellow board members and administration to ensure our school remains top notch."

Hensley said it meant the world to her that the community feels the board is doing good work.

"The board is a great team and all of us are there to support the administration make our school district thrive," said Hensley. "We have a wonderful school district full of incredible children and staff. The possibilities of students are endless, and that's exciting."

Election results

Osakis School Board, three positions

Becky Hensley, incumbent — 1,047 (winner)

Chris George — 878 (winner)

Greg Faber, incumbent — 804 (winner)

Chad Hagen — 578

Dirk Hagedon — 482

Fran Breiter — 402

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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