While national and international politics take center stage, now is the time to start thinking about opportunities to get involved locally. The City of Rice Lake is going through significant political changes, and the school district is about to embark on a $20 million building program. Local elected officials will be making decisions that have far-reaching impacts. Spring elections aren't that far off. In fact, candidates can start circulating nomination papers on Saturday. Nomination papers must be signed by a specific number of people, with that number determined by the size of the municipality. Nomination papers for municipal offices are available from the city clerk at City Hall. Nomination papers for county offices are available from the county clerk at the Government Center in Barron. Nomination papers for the Rice Lake School Board are available at the school district administration building on Augusta Street. Offices up for election in the spring include the mayor's post, four at-large City Council candidates, four Rice Lake School Board candidates, and all 29 seats on the Barron County Board of Supervisors. There are also two Barron County Circuit Court judge seats open. In the city, the at-large City Council openings mean that candidates can be from anywhere in the city, rather than from specific districts. Half of the eight-member council is from districts; half is at-large. Rice Lake School Board seats are divided between rural and city. City candidates live in the City of Rice Lake, while rural candidates do not. Three city seats are open. Information about County Board district boundaries is available at "barroncountywi.gov." Truth be told, none of the positions offer much fame or fortune and there will be unpopular decisions to be made. But there's work to be done, with the reward of serving a community.
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