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Frost looks forward to four more years on Beltrami County Board

The final vote counts have been tabulated, the long night's vigil has finished and candidates are picking up their posters and yard signs.

Two Beltrami County Board positions were won Tuesday by incumbents running unopposed.

Joe Vene was re-elected with 1,861 votes - 98 percent - in District 2. There were also 42 write-in votes.

Jim Heltzer was re-elected with 2,842 - 99 percent - in District 3. There were 37 write-in votes.

The only contested seat on the County Board was for District 1 with nine-year incumbent Jack Frost challenged by Sally Fineday. Frost received 2,243 votes - 66 percent. Fineday garnered 1,131 votes - 33 percent. There were 10 write-in votes.

"I didn't win, but I think I ran a pretty good race," Fineday said Wednesday. "I really want people to know I appreciate the people who voted for me. I'm really honored to have run. It's an opportunity to voice and opinion and I'm fine."

Fineday said she respects the people, the environment and her opponent and others who depend on the tourist industry. Frost owns Joe's Lodge resort on Lake Andrusia.

She also expressed appreciation for the people who supported her and worked on her campaign.

"I hope we'll be working together in the future," Fineday said.

Frost also expressed respect for his opponent, noting he ran his campaign based on his experience as an elected official.

"It was a pleasant campaign, and I had a worthy candidate," he said. "I think she'll be an emerging leader in our community."

He said being re-elected is "humbling and yet gratifying to know people have entrusted you to make decisions for your county."

He said he thinks voters understood the message that the County Board is holding the line on taxes and is in a positive financial condition with strong reserves. The new county campus centers were built with money borrowed at low interest. The debt for the projects will be retired in 15 years and the buildings will serve the community for 50-100 years.

"We're in a position in Beltrami County for people to be proud of," Frost said.

A future project, he said, is a survey the County Board is conducting with the help of Bemidji State University to see what resident value most in county services.