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Hasskamp and Houge win Primary in Crow Wing County District 5

Kris Hasskamp and Doug Houge ran a close race in Crow Wing County District 5 all the way to the end, both securing top votes in Tuesday’s Minnesota Primary election to move on to November’s general election.

Hasskamp, of Rabbit Lake, tallied 545 — or 32.23 percent — of the votes while Houge, resident of Ironton and the incumbent, recorded 521 — or 30.81 percent — of the Tuesday’s votes.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said the 49-year-old Houge, who has served as Crow Wing County Commissioner for the past five and a half years. “For such a low turnout, I’m pretty excited about it all.”

Hasskamp currently works as an independent consultant at Crosby-Ironton schools and was a District 12A state representative from 1989-2001. She could not be reached for comment as of late Tuesday evening.

Also running for one of two spots were Thomas Nixon, David Allan Pundt and Ronda Cool. Nixon tallied 18.57 percent or 314 votes, Pundt 14.67 percent or 248 votes and Cool 3.73 percent or 63 votes.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).