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Published February 05, 2014, 11:06 AM

Two try for East Grand Forks council seat

Erin Almlie, a chemistry instructor at Northland Community and Technical College, is a candidate to become the first female member of the East Grand Forks City Council since 2005.

By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald

Erin Almlie, a chemistry instructor at Northland Community and Technical College, is a candidate to become the first female member of the East Grand Forks City Council since 2005.

Laura Driscoll was the last female council member, serving from 1999 until 2005, when she resigned to take a job in Wyoming. East Grand Forks governance has seven council members and a mayor.

Almlie and Dale “Stumpy” Helms are the two candidates seeking the Ward 2 spot on the council, replacing Ron Vonasek, who died in December. The deadline for applicants was Jan. 30.

Council members will interview the two candidates on Feb. 11 and make the replacement choice at the Feb. 18 council meeting

The owner of Triangle Coach Service, Helms has been a council candidate several times, both in elections and for appointments. His latest attempt at office was when he was one of six applicants in April of 2011 to replace longtime council member Dick Grassel, who had died. The council selected Vonasek to complete the term of Grassel.

Helms is known for his leadership at the Heritage Village in East Grand Forks. In his application, he also touted his role during the city’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2012.

Almlie has lived in East Grand Forks for seven years and recently became a member of the East Grand Forks Education Foundation Board.

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