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Houge defeats Hasskamp in close race

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After a tight race where the lead changed hands during the long night, incumbent Doug Houge, Crow Wing County District 5 commissioner, beat challenger Kris Hasskamp.


“I expected a close race,” Houge said Wednesday. The incumbent wasn’t sure of the outcome until about 1:30 a.m. “It was very nerve wracking.”

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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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