The Rice County Board of Commissioners today voted to adopt one of the five redistricting proposals presented.

Board Chair Jim Purfeerst requested a roll call vote with the motion to adopt proposal #4 provided by the County Elections Department which basically keeps districts as they are.

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The approximately one hour public hearing featured a number of people sharing their opinions about the various proposals.

The vote came down to a League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls plan which was called #3 and the #4 proposal.

LWV representative Cindy Nichols of Northfield explained their proposal provided for better representation for all people in Northfield.

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Commissioner Jeff Docken agreed with many of the township supervisors who stated their desire to continue to have agricultural interests represented on the County Board of Commissioners.

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Rice County Elections Department Director Denise Anderson provided some statistical information about the populations between proposal #3 and #4.

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Commissioner Galen Malecha said he was in favor of #3 because a majority of his constituents have encouraged him to vote that way.  Not because he wanted to lessen agriculture's voice in the county.

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The majority of people speaking at the public hearing did support #4.  Faribault City Administrator Tim Murray sent a letter to the county stating they would support plans #3, #4 or #5 because it would coincide with the redistricting they had in place.

Brian Peterson, Northfield Township Supervisor presented a petition with 104 signatures requesting #4 be adopted.

Representatives of Morristown Township, Erin Township, Walcott Township, Bridgewater Township, Shieldsville Township, Wheatland Township, Wheeling Township, Cannon City Township also voiced their support for #4.

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