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Ward defeats Kellett

■ Ward leads Kellett

Rep. John Ward led challenger Chris Kellett for the state Senate District 10A seat as results came in just before midnight Tuesday. Ward had 56.08 percent of the vote or 6,015 votes compared to Kellett’s 43.82 percent or 4,700 votes.

“It could turn around at this point,” Kellett said. “It’s going to be close.”

As of midnight, there were 14 of 27 precincts reporting.

“I am very pleased with the support I’ve received up to this point,” Ward said “I coached too long to know you play to the end of the whistle. I’m going to play to the end of the whistle and then we’ll see what happens.”

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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