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Township officer retires after decades of duty

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It was a close election in Gorman Township March 11, as two candidates split the 118 votes that were cast.

Gorman has had a history of good voter turnout and annual meeting attendance, noted Rodger Palmer, township clerk. But the fact that 32-year town board member Eldred Ellenberg was retiring was also a factor in turnout this year.

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Two candidates filed for the seat vacated by Ellenberg.

Randy Carow won the seat with 63 votes, with Jeff Janke receiving 54 votes.

Palmer was re-elected to his second two-year term as town clerk, with 110 votes.

About 30 of Ellenberg's Gorman Township friends and neighbors gathered for the annual meeting, where a special cake was served, along with coffee.

"Eldred was often referred to as the walking dictionary," said Palmer. "I've only been on a few years, but during that time, various issues came up, people questioned when something happened, and what happened--and Eldred would tell us. He has a great memory. And I don't think he was ever wrong. People might argue a little bit, but Eldred was always able to recall the specifics."

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