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Bob Schuldt is the new chairman of the La Crescent Township Board of Supervisors.

Schuldt was elected to the position at the board’s organizational meeting, held last Saturday, and takes over from Bob Cummings, who has stepped down from the board.

“I’m just looking forward to working with our residents and helping to work with them through the pain of the annexations that are going on,” Schuldt said Tuesday.

The city of La Crescent’s plans to annex properties along County Road 6 and other areas has dominated both recent township and La Crescent City Council meetings.

However, Schuldt said it was unlikely the township could do anything to stop the annexations, which are eating into the township’s tax base.

There are “nine legal ways” the city can annex township properties, Schuldt said, and state law is geared toward promoting the growth of cities.

Despite concern over the annexations, Schuldt said the township was in generally good shape. He praised Cummings for his leadership of the township board.

“Bob was a very good asset and resource for the township,” Schuldt said.

Last Saturday’s organizational meeting was held following last month’s township elections.

Jason Wieser was elected as a new supervisor for the township board at the elections and Bill Beckman was reelected to the board.

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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