Voter turnout was better than expected for the mid-term general election in Kearney County with 45.61 percent of registered voters casting their vote.
Statewide, the office of the Secretary of State reported 42 percent voter turnout.
Three contested races in the county and a $1.5 million dollar bond issue may have been responsible for the favorable voter turnout in the county.
In Minden, Challenger Larry Evans defeated long-time city council incumbent Arlen Osterbuhr by a wide margin in Tuesday’s general election.
The general election unofficial results show Evans defeating Osterbuhr 314 to 125 for the Minden City Council South Ward seat.
“First of all, it will be an honor to represent the residents of Minden on the city council,” said Larry Evans. “I appreciate your vote of confidence and have heard your comments. I would like to commend Arlen Osterbuhr for his countless hours of public service the past 12 years.”
Voters in the community of Axtell passed a $1.5 million bond for construction of a new swimming pool by a narrow margin with 145 voting for bonds and tax to 110 opposing.
“I was shocked that it passed I was expecting a second special bond in the spring,” said Pool Committee Chairman Jeff Nelson. “It was a close vote and I’m glad everyone got out and voted either for or against it. The bond is for the kids and families. They will have a place to go and swim in the future won’t have to go out of town. Our pool is in very bad shape and I’m very pleased that it passed; now we will get to work on the plans. The pool committee got the word out and told everybody what it was going to cost and did a very nice job. The citizens of Axtell stepped up and I’m very pleased with the outcome.”
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