The Buxton City Council on Wednesday welcomed aboard a new council member and heard a plea for financial assistance from the city’s only group child care center.

Ben Hershey, a 39-year-old project manager for DTN based in Burnsville, Minn., was picked by the council to fill the remaining term of Travis Soderberg through June 2022.

Soderberg vacated his seat as a city councilman a month ago after he was appointed mayor following the death of Mayor Gene Rosholt, who died in December.

A volunteer firefighter and park board member in Buxton and one of the lead organizers of Buxton Family Fun Day, Hershey said he wanted to serve on the city council to stay involved in the city.

“I can help out in a lot of ways,” said Hershey, who serves on the Traill County Economic Development Commission’s board of directors.

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