Special EV City Council Election
A special election is set for Tuesday, Jan. 28, to fill a vacancy on the Eden Valley City Council.
Three men are vying for the seat.
Brent Bengtson, 40, grew up in Litchfield and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1992. He is employed as an IT Architect at United Health Group.
He and his wife of 10 years,
Stacey, have a son, Isaac, who is in fifth grade. Bengston is currently the Cub Master for Pack 363 and Assistant Scout Master for Troop 363 in Eden Valley/Watkins.
“I think Eden Valley has one of the best communities in Minnesota and would love to serve as their next councilman,” he said. “The issues I see Eden Valley facing are just like most small towns, replacing decreasing revenue, repairing aging infrastructure and how to keep existing businesses open while attracting new businesses. I feel coming from a technology background that I have a unique perspective on what we could do to move forward in all areas of concern. You read in the news all the time that while the old manufacturing job base is in a down swing, technology-based companies are growing exponentially. These are the types of businesses that will move Eden Valley to the next level. Create good high-paying jobs, and the revenue will come to address the rest.”
Robert Bischof grew up in Cold Spring, Minn., and attended Rocori High School. After serving four years in the Marine Corps, he returned to Minnesota and attended Fon Du Lac Community College for law enforcement.
He is a widower with two children, Chelsey, who is attending
St. Cloud State University and Jacob, who is a junior at Eden
Valley-Watkins High School.
He is employed at the Schmitt Insurance Agency in Eden Valley and manages the movie theaters in Paynesville and Little Falls.
“I have wanted to be a part of the political arena for several years. I believe that the city is on the right track. With my experience in management and negotiation abilities, I feel that I can be a great asset to assist our town.
“My grandfather was once a mayor in Eden Valley and he was part owner of the Bischof Ford dealership as well as many other businesses. He told me to always be of service and help out any way possible. I just want to follow in his footsteps.”
Mark Kern grew up in Eden Valley and graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1987. He recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 26 years, where he served as a security professional responsible for force protection, antiterrorism, emergency management and law enforcement. He most recently served at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam as the security officer where he managed a work force of 760 personnel and a budget of $31 million.
He and his wife, Beth, have three children who attend school in Eden Valley. Michael is a senior, Samantha is in seventh grade and Tyler is in the fifth grade.
He is an active member of the Assumption Church and assists with the fourth-grade religion class. He has been a member of the American Legion, Eden
Valley Post 381 for the past 23 years and has been active with the Boy Scouts of America for the past
“I would like to focus on drawing new businesses to the city as we have a lot of room to expand. We have many businesses on main street and throughout the city that have closed their doors for many reasons. To keep the city alive we need to draw in new businesses.
“I want to be part of the council as I want to be an active member of my community. Anyone can sit back and complain on how things are running, or what they would do to make things better; I choose to be involved in my community. I want to make things better for all of the residents who live in
and frequent our great city.”
Brent Bengtson, Robert Bischof, and Mark Kern have filed for the vacant city council seat in Eden Valley. A special election will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Eden Valley City Hall.