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Decorah elects first female mayor

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DECORAH — Lorraine Borowski said she’s honored to be the first woman mayor in the history of the city of Decorah.

The former director of the Decorah Public Library was elected to the position in Tuesday’s city election defeating longtime Decorah City Council member Gary Rustad by a vote of 1,403 to 611.

“I am extremely grateful for the communitywide support that’s been extended for myself as mayor but also for the new City Council people coming on in January,” she said.

Borowski, who received 70 percent of the votes cast, will replace outgoing Mayor Don Arendt, who decided not to seek a fourth term.

Decorah business owner Ross Hadley was elected to Rustad’s at-large seat on the council, defeating Fareway meat manager Brett Robinson after receiving 61 percent of the votes cast, 1,202 to 751.

In the city’s other contested council race, incumbent Ward 5 representative Chuck Lore was defeated by Johanna Bergan. Bergan received 190 votes, 54 percent, and Lore received 163 votes. Bergan is executive director of Youth Move National and works from her home office.

She said she’s been energized by the response she’s received while going door-to-door campaigning and in the reaction to the election results.

“People are excited that there’s an opportunity for this group of council people to really work together and talk to each other and be innovative with each other,” she said.

Council members Randy Schissel, First Ward, and Andy Carlson, Third Ward, were both re-elected after running unopposed.

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