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Knapp village president candidate: Matt Friest

KNAPP  —  Two candidates will be on the April 7 ballot for village president in Knapp.

Incumbent Village President Ron Finder decided not to run for re-election.

The two candidates on the ballot will be Mark Berg and Matt Friest.

Matt Friest, 41, is a resident of Third Avenue East in Knapp and is a machinist. He and his wife, Missy, have two daughters: Mackayla and Mackenzie.

The Glenwood City Tribune sent out questionnaires to the candidates.

Here are Friest’s answers to the questionnaire:

• What is your educational background?

1992 graduate of Menomonie High School; a 1994 graduate of CVTC as an automotive technician; a 2001 graduate of CVTC in machine tooling.

• Why did you decide to run for village president in Knapp?

I believe I can make a positive difference in the community.

• What aspects of your background make you particularly suited for serving as Knapp’s village president?

Village homeowner since 1997. Served as a church board trustee for three years. Served on the village committee for the frac sand ordinances. Currently serving as a village board trustee for the past year.

• What issues do you see as being the most important for Knapp?

I would like to see improved water quality in the ponds. I would like to see a more effective way of dealing with the geese and their waste around the pond.

• What issues do you hope to bring to the Knapp Village Board?

I would like to see cleaner, safer sidewalks in the winter.

• What ideas do you have for increasing revenue or decreasing spending?

I would like to see fundraisers to earn money to improve the parks and pond clean-up efforts.

• Other comments?

I would like to encourage people to come up with activities in the village so that we could get to know our neighbors better.