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Rep. Tom Emmer saved Minnesota from what could have been an unholy mess by ending an almost-completed recount process and deciding not to file any lawsuit regarding the outcome of the Nov. 2 election.

The handwriting was on the wall and because the recount wasn't completed statewide, Minnesota Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's winning margin will officially will be 8,770 votes - the same total it was Election Day.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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