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St. Louis County superintendent finalists named

Five finalists have been chosen to interview for the position of superintendent of the St. Louis County school district.

Those include Peter Haapala, superintendent of the Carlton school district; John Metsa, principal at North Woods School in Cook; Kathleen Mortensen, director of schools for the Brainerd school district; Steven Sallee, superintendent of the Southland and LeRoy-Ostrander (Minn.) school districts; and Belinda Selfors, principal of the Sauk Centre (Minn.) Secondary School.

The St. Louis County district includes schools in Culver, Tower, Babbitt, Cook and Iron. There were 13 applicants vying to replace Teresa Knife Chief, who is completing her first three-year contract with the district.

Public School Board interviews with the candidates are at 5 p.m. March 19-20 in the media center at Cherry School, 3943 Tamminen Road, Iron. A new superintendent is expected to be chosen before April 14 and would begin working July 1.