West Central School District 49-7
2023 School Board Election
A School District Election will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, in all the voting precincts in School District No. 49-7, South Dakota. If the polls cannot be opened because of bad weather, the election may be postponed one week.
The election polls will be open from seven a.m. to seven p.m. (central) time on the day of the election.
Two (2) three-year term for school board members, residing anywhere in the district. The following candidates have filed nominating petitions:
The polling place in each precinct of this district is as follows:
Hartford Precinct (Gage House/Senior Center, 119 North Main Avenue, Hartford)
Humboldt Precinct (Humboldt Community Center, 201 South Main Street, Humboldt)
Wall Lake Precinct (Wall Lake Township Hall, 26452 463rd Avenue, Hartford).
I was born and raised in Sioux Falls and graduated from Roosevelt High School. I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Criminal Justice and Spanish and a minor in Sociology from the University of South Dakota. I then obtained my law degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln School of Law. I am an attorney and partner with the Johnson, Janklow & Abdallah law firm in Sioux Falls. I have been practicing law for nearly 20 years and focus on personal injury and civil litigation. I have been an active member of the State Bar of South Dakota since 2004 and have served on the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Negligence & Tort Committee, and Women in Law. I am also a member of the American Bar Association and South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.
My name is Larry Fossum. I grew up on a farm southwest of Canton SD. I attended a one room country school for 8 years and then graduated from Canton High School. After attending Dakota State College and SDSU after high school, I joined the Navy for 5 years as an Aviation Electrician. In 1978 I joined the South Dakota Air National Guard full time and through night classes obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, graduating Cum Laude. I retired from the SDANG with 36 years of service. My wife, Freida and I, currently live on an acreage southwest of Hartford. In 2008, my wife and I, built a barn on our acreage and started a Cowboy ministry called the Cowboy Way Church. We have seven children, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren (five of whom are in the West Central schools).
I grew up on a farm west of Madison, South Dakota. I went to STI and obtained an associates degree. I have been married to my wife, Robin Eich, for 28 years. Our oldest son, Derrick is a sophomore at SDSU, majoring in civil engineering, having graduated from West Central High School in 2021. Connor is a senior at WC and will graduate this May. He will be attending SDSU this fall majoring in human biology, with the intentions of furthering his education to obtain his doctorate degree. Carson, my youngest son, is a seventh grader at West Central.
My wife and I have resided in the WC School District for 22 years. We own a commercial building in Hartford that has apartments and commercial office space. My wife is an attorney, with an office in Hartford. In addition to managing our real estate, I also manage our coffee shop, Stomping Grounds, in Hartford, and do snow removal.