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Houge defeats Hasskamp after close race

■ Houge and Hasskamp race too close to call

Doug Houge and Kris Hasskamp were neck and neck with 13 of 21 precincts reporting shortly after midnight for the Crow Wing County District 5 commissioner seat currently held by Houge.

Houge held a slight lead, with 2,312 votes, or 49.88 percent, and Hasskamp had 2,293 votes, or 49.47 votes.

There were 30 write-in votes.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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