Vogel files for 5th District seat

BROWN COUNTY — Lifelong Brown County resident Jack Vogel of rural Comfrey created a four-way race for the Brown County Board of Commissioners District 5 seat when he filed for office June 5.

Vogel will face Lynn Anderson and Derek Tonn of Springfield plus Jeffrey Veerkamp of Comfrey for the county board seat held by Dennis Potter of rural Springfield. Potter announced in May that he will not file for office again after several terms in office. Potter said it was time for him to move on to other things in life.

Vogel has been the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) District 4 Supervisor since 2002. He was SWCD secretary from 2002-2005, vice chairman 2006-2008 and chairman since 2009.

Vogel attended the SWCD leadership program from April 2004 to November 2005. He was instrumental in creating the Mound Creek County Park disc golf course while a member of the Brown County Park Commission from 1998-2007.

Vogel and his wife Becky farm corn and soybeans and are pork producers. Born and raised on a rural Springfield farm, Vogel raised his own family on a farm between Springfield and Comfrey. A Springfield High School graduate, he continued his education for two more years at Pipestone Area Vocational-Technical College.

Vogel’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, camping and snowmobiling. He enjoys spending time with his grandsons.

“Supporting growth and development throughout Brown County is of utmost importance to me,” Vogel said. “I want to make sure our agricultural community is supported. Agriculture is one of the key components of the Brown County economy. Brown County is an incredible place to live and work. I want to do what I can to make sure that continues for generations to come.”