Farmland issue is one propelling Fjelstad to run for city council

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Jeff Fjelstad is embarrassed.

For a year, he’s been looking at the Farmland building on East Main &045; right there for people to see when they enter town &045; and he says it’s time something is done about the eyesore.

That issue is one that has led the Aragon Bar owner to announce his candidacy for city council, running against Fourth Ward incumbent Ron Sorensen.

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&uot;I’m a little upset about the way things are going on in town,&uot; Fjelstad said. &uot;There’s not enough deciding and too much pondering. We need to be progressive.&uot;

The 27-year resident, who moved here with a sales job and ended up buying the downtown bar in 1981, said he considered running for mayor two years ago, but couldn’t find time in his schedule.

Now, he said, he’s got more time. He hasn’t run for public office before, but said now is a good time for him to give it a try.

Sorensen and Fjelstad are the only people to file for Fourth Ward city councilor. The filing period ends July 16.

Incumbent David McPherson and challenger Randy Erdman have filed for the Second Ward seat; so far, nobody has filed for the Sixth Ward, now occupied by incumbent Al &uot;Minnow&uot; Brooks, who has said he plans to run for reelection.