Metz, Dybevick are new Nobles County commissioners

The two will join current members of the Board of Commissioners Justin Ahlers of District 1, Bob Paplow of District 3 and Bob Demuth, Jr., of District 4.

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WORTHINGTON — Both candidates for positions on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election, and voters elected both men — Gene Metz, now in the middle of his 10th year on the board, and newcomer Chris Dybevick.

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Metz received 1,412 votes, with 99.37% of the total vote for the District 2 position, and Dybevick received 766 votes, or 97.58% of the total votes for the District 5 position.

“I'm really excited for the future and I can't wait to get into this job, to hopefully do good for Nobles County,” Dybevick said. “I'm super excited and I can't wait to go to work.”

Dybevick currently serves as the chief deputy in the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office. He has been with the NCSO since 2014, and prior to that, served with the Worthington Police Department.

Dybevick claims the seat currently held by Donald Linssen, retired chief of police and director of public safety for the city of Worthington.


“I think the biggest thing now is investment in our staff. It’s hard to find people, and we sure as heck want to keep the good people that we have,” Metz said when asked about his next steps as commissioner. “You can't give 'em the world, but we still have to do what we can to try to keep the people we have. That's probably going to be a top goal right now.”

Metz, a crop and livestock farmer from Larkin Township, has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business, and has served as president of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and the Minnesota Custom Applicators Association.

The two will join current members of the Board of Commissioners Justin Ahlers of District 1, Bob Paplow of District 3 and Bob Demuth, Jr., of District 4.

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

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