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Voters send Ward back to the House


■ Voters send Ward back to the House

Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, beat Republican challenger Chris Kellett Tuesday gaining 56.88 percent of the vote compared to Kellett’s 42.88 percent.

Ward, 62, garnered 11,789 votes. Kellett gained 8,872. There were 28 write-ins. House District 10A, drawn up after the 2010 census, includes Brainerd, Baxter and much of the western edge of Crow Wing County.

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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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