Schneider unseats Doyle for Silver Creek hospital board position

There will be a new face representing Silver Creek Township on the hospital board.

Douglas Schneider earned that right by picking up 527 votes and 43.63 percent of the votes to beat out Alyas Masih and incumbent Brian Doyle, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Schneider has lived in the Monticello area his entire life and, along with his wife, currently owns and operates Kustom Blinds & Draperies. He served on the Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital Board of Directors from 2005-2008 and as treasurer for two of those years. Schneider is also the current supervisor for the Silver Creek Township Board.

Schneider has said that he believes some changes need to be made to the current 501c3 aggreement and that in order to help fix the budget shortfall the hospital needs to review services and possibly reopen some areas that have been shut down, including the birthing center.

Doyle, the incumbent earned 483 votes, finishing just over 3.5 percentage points behind Schneider, while Masih, a family practitioner at the Monticello Clinic, picked up 192 votes. Write-in candidates accounted for six votes.