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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Colfax resident Chad Berge has been appointed to the open village trustee position on the Colfax Village Board.
Colfax Village President Scott Gunnufson appointed Berge with the village board’s approval at the May 13 meeting.
Berge will be a beneficial addition to the village board, Gunnufson said.
A graduate of UW-Platteville, Berge has a background in environmental science, he noted.
“I’ve been thinking about running for the village board since we moved back from Minnesota. I missed the deadline for the last election and then when I saw the ad in the paper, I felt this would be a great opportunity to get on the board and fill the spot no one ran for,” Berge said.
Berge, who lives in Colfax, is the owner of Berge’s Beef, along with his wife, Holly. The Berge’s beef herd of Scottish Highland cattle are kept at a farm belonging to Berge’s parents, Mark and Ginny Berge, east of Colfax off county Highway A.
Berge is employed as a land conservation specialist with the Eau Claire County Land Conservation Division.
“I’ve been working in government since I graduated from college in 2010 and have a decent understanding of how local government operates. As with most local governments in our current environment, money to get things accomplished is not sufficient. Having children has made me realize how important having a safe community is, and Colfax is a great place to raise kids,” Berge said.
“One of the biggest issues I see facing Colfax is the infrastructure. Several roads have been reconstructed since we moved back and there’s more work to do,” he said.
“I know money is hard to come up with in small communities so being on the board will allow me to get a better understanding of the village’s financial situation. I definitely don’t have the answers to all the issues taking place in Colfax but I’m looking forward to working with the board and bringing a millennial perspective to the board,” Berge said.
Chad and Holly Berge and Berge’s Beef were featured on the Wisconsin Public Television program “Around the Farm Table” in October of 2017.
David Wolff, who previously held the village trustee position to which Berge was appointed, decided not to run again for election in April, and no other candidates registered for the position on the April ballot.
The Village of Colfax posted the open trustee position and published two advertisements about the open position in the Colfax Messenger.