County Positions Up For Election
Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:07pm
Marshall County voters will cast ballots for two local races in the general election on Tuesday.
Two men are running for the States Attorney position. Incumbent Chad Locken of Aberdeen is running as an Independent, while Britton resident Dana Frohling is running on the Republican ticket. There is also a race for the coroner spot in the county between incumbent Dr. David Kleinberg, an Independent, and Democrat Dan Neiber.
The Britton Journal and Langford Bugle sent a series of questions to candidates for the contested positions and their responses follow.
STATES ATTORNEY Background information.
Dana Frohling: I grew up on a grain and livestock farm west of Hecla, and graduated from Hecla High School, South Dakota State University in Brookings, and the University of South Dakota School of Law in Vermillion. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Dawn Dinger, for over 35 years, and we have three children (two married, one engaged) and four grandchildren. We moved to Britton in 1988. Our children graduated from Britton-Hecla High School. I have practiced law in Britton for over 28 years, and served one term as Marshall County States Attorney and more than 10 years on the Britton City Council.
Chad Locken: I grew up in Groton, and graduated from Groton High School. Although I grew up within the city limits of Groton, I spent a lot of my time at our family farm. I like to think that I grew up with the best of both worlds – getting to enjoy the benefits of living in town yet still able to work and play on the farm. My parents continue to be role models in my life, and instilled in me the value of hard work. My mother taught sixth grade in Groton, and my father farmed.
After high school, I attended North Dakota State University where I met my beautiful wife, Britt. After college, I attended the University of North Dakota School of Law while my wife finished her degree at North Dakota State.
After graduating law school, Britt and I wanted to move back to northeast South Dakota. Britt works at Sanford Hospital in Aberdeen. We currently have two children, Calvin (2 years old) and Jorie (5 months). We have a very active family and enjoy spending time with each other.
What is your reason for running for this office?
Frohling: First, I believe Marshall County needs a States Attorney who lives and practices in Marshall County. For the last few years, I have been the only full-time practicing attorney living in Marshall County. The current States Attorney was appointed by the Marshall County Commission, but lives and works in Aberdeen. Even though he is not a Marshall County resident, he can run for election in Marshall County under a law designed to help rural counties
Dr. David Kleinberg: I am originally from Baltimore County, MD, where I completed my education with a B.A in American Studies and a teaching certificate in science from the University of Maryland after serving with the Marine Corps in combat. I have operated a farm in Marshall County nine miles east of the city for the past 10 years.
I have two other academic degrees, one as a B.S. (Medicine) and a Doctor of Medicine. I completed Residency in Family Medicine in Milwaukee, WI, and practiced private practice medicine and military medicine with aviation medicine subspecialty for the next 25 years, followed by emergency medicine while living in South Dakota.
From 1974-1975 I served as the Pathology Assistant in Lutheran hospital in Baltimore where I was trained to do a post mortem examination as well as histology laboratory science. While a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy, I was responsible for the forensic investigation of a number of “class A” aviation mishaps, some of which involved loss of life.
Dan Neiber: I have worked for Matheson Gas in Aberdeen for the past 18 years where I work with many different kinds of businesses. I am married to Chaundra Neiber. I have two sons, Hunter (17) and Chase (11) Neiber; one step-daughter Megan (18) Morris; and one step-son, Tyson (15) Morris.
What is your reason for running for county coroner?
Kleinberg: Originally, I was appointed to fill a vacancy. I do it now as a way of performing service to my community. A death investigation takes many hours and is a highly complex task. Prior to the changes in the law regarding the duties and preparation of the coroner, the task was simply to “view the body” and sign the death certificate. Those duties and tasks have changed markedly since the changes in the law and it has become a much more involved process, requiring close cooperation with the sheriff and other law enforcement officers and can take days.
It is my belief that service to the community is the duty of every citizen. Serving as Marshall County Coroner is one of the ways I perform that service with my particular skill set and education.
Neiber: I feel challenge is always good, and I enjoy working with the public. I enjoy interacting with people and this would be a position where I feel I am helping others. I have six years of experience as an EMT. Therefore, being coroner would be of interest to me, and I feel I could use my knowledge from being an EMT in the coroner field.
What qualities or experience do you have that you feel would serve you well in this position?
Kleinberg: I am specifically qualified for this position by my extensive medical education, training, and long years of experience; my history of public service to this community and my acquired expertise in the skills required to perform those duties which include training in forensic investigation.
In addition to the specific qualifications I possess for this position, there is an additional level of authority afforded to a coroner who is a physician - that of “Special Death Investigator.” A “Special Death Investigator is one of only a very few government officials who have the authority to issue a subpoena for anything or anyone who they feel to have pertinent information which will contribute to the determination required of the coroner. This authority is available to the court, the States Attorney and the Coroner. It is not within the authority of a non-physician elected coroner.
Likewise, a coroner who is a physician is capable of examining the body and has the flexibility of deciding that an autopsy is or is not required. A non-physician coroner does not have that ability or expertise.
Neiber: I am currently a member of the Marshall County Ambulance as an EMT for the last six years. I also am currently a member of the North Marshall Fire Department and have been a member for the last 10 years.