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More candidates file to run for local office

The candidate filing period to seek public office in school districts, cities, townships and hospital districts remains open through Aug. 16.

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Incumbent mayors in Pequot Lakes and Garrison are hoping to keep their jobs this November, while a second candidate seeking the highest city government office in Emily makes for a competitive race.

Pequot Lakes Mayor Tyler Gardner and Garrison Mayor Loren Larson both submitted their names Monday, Aug. 8, to appear on the general election ballot. Scott Eppen of Emily also filed for the mayoral seat in that city, joining Roger “Buddy” Lund in pursuit of the office. Neither Eppen nor Lund currently serve as mayor.

The candidate filing period to seek public office in school districts, cities, townships and hospital districts remains open through Aug. 16.

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Candidates for the four-year seats are: Charles Black Lance (incumbent), DJ Dondelinger, Randy “RJ” Heidmann, Elisa Korentayer, Derek Owen, Lowell Smith and Sarah Speer (incumbent).
Candidates for the two-year seat are: Anthony Bonsante, Tris Cluever, Jessica Forsberg, Trevor Mulholland, Mike Stanek, David Stimac, John Ward, Brent Yaunick and Michelle Brekken.
The last few years have taught our nation's students and educators alike that empathy, grace and grit can get us through the hardest of times; these are the same pillars that Mr. Ward echoed
Charles Black Lance is what we need to help our community prosper and grow.
John Ward's tenacity is not easily matched.
The statewide office doesn’t always grab headlines in an election year, and the work of the auditor is often not as political or high-profile as other offices says Julie Blaha, a DFLer who is running for her second term in the office.
Bob Wright has spent 25 years on the board.
Gov. Tim Walz said his 15-year-old son, who attends high school in Mankato, Minnesota, came home traumatized after police responded to a fake call reporting an active shooter at the school Wednesday.
While metro races will be front and center in the contest for the House, other Greater Minnesota regions could make a big difference in the Senate, where Democrats hold 31 seats. Historic Democratic strongholds in northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range appear to be leaning more toward Republicans, and population centers like Rochester have started to lean more Democratic as they grow and change demographically.
Absentee voting for the Nov. 8 general election starts Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
Barrows, a one-term county commissioner and retired Minnesota Department of Human Services employee, and Erickson, a Brainerd City Council member and Region Five Development Commission transportation planner, are running to represent District 3 on the Crow Wing County Board.
The victor between the two will succeed Commissioner Bill Brekken, who chose not to run for reelection, to represent District 2.
Commissioner Rosemary Franzen, a four-term County Board member and retired school district employee, and Troy Scheffler, a Merrifield resident and frequent county government critic, are competing for a seat in the boardroom.
Democrats have accused Republicans at the state level of enacting policies to make it harder for racial minorities who tend to support Democratic candidates to cast ballots.
Ten percent told the Mason Dixon Polling and Strategy firm that they hadn’t made up their minds and a tiny fraction said they would opt for a third-party candidate.
Candidates for three Crow Wing County Board seats presented themselves to voters Tuesday, Sept. 13, in a candidate forum sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Brainerd Lakes Area League of Women Voters and Brainerd Dispatch.
All 201 legislative seats — and control of the House and Senate — are on November’s ballot. A raft of retirements and new district boundaries have scrambled the playing field. With the governor’s office also in the hands of voters, this election offers DFLers and Republicans the tantalizing prospect of a clean sweep at a Capitol. But Minnesota’s history shows the state is more prone to deliver divided leadership.
Absentee ballots require a “witness.” A witness may be any registered voter of Minnesota, including a spouse or relative, a notary public or any person having authority to administer an oath.
Across Minnesota, county officials are encountering people questioning the results of the 2020 election and demanding changes to the voting process, although there is no proof of widespread fraud or other problems.
The Republican congressman is the first to opt out of participating in the forum's 12-year history.
Running for reelection, Ellison spoke strongly in support of the clinic and a woman’s right to choose on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
With Brainerd's population growth, economic development, taxes, recreation and the police department at the forefront of residents' minds this election season, Leonard Skillings and Kara Terry discuss the needs of the city as they vie for a seat on the Brainerd City Council.
Gabe Johnson and Emily LeClaire answered questions about their motivations, priorities and philosophies posed by Tyler Glynn, moderator of the forum and executive director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.
The forum — sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Brainerd Lakes Area League of Women Voters and the Brainerd Dispatch — drew an in-person audience of about a dozen as well as online viewers of a Facebook livestream.
Next forums include candidates for Brainerd and Baxter City Council, Crow Wing County commissioner and sheriff, and Nisswa council and mayor.
Now confronted with a challenge from the other side of the abortion debate, Republican nominee for Minnesota attorney general Jim Schultz continues to downplay the issue’s importance in the race. He argues the attorney general’s office ultimately has very little influence over abortion policy in the state of Minnesota and said the question is fundamentally for the legislature to decide.
Travis "Bull" Johnson is running for Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District this November under the Legal Marijuana Now party and hopes his honesty, realism and political outsider status will be enough for voters to send him to Congress.
“In Minnesota, it's a protected constitutional right, and no governor can change that,” said Jensen, a Chaska family practice physician. A pro-abortion rights doctors group said Jensen was attempting to obscure his past statements in support of an abortion ban.
Candidate forums provide an opportunity to meet our future leaders and make an informed choice at the polls. All forums will be streamed live on Facebook. For more information, visit BrainerdLakesChamber.com/Forums.
Thank you Commissioner Franzen for not just listening, but hearing and speaking to our concerns.

Filings on Aug. 8

Cities

East Gull Lake

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  • Council member (elect two) — James Ruttger (incumbent).

Emily

  • Mayor — Scott Eppen.

Garrison

  • Mayor — Loren Larson (incumbent).
  • Council member — Robert Hanson.

Jenkins

  • Council member (elect two) — Roman Siltman.

Menahga

  • Mayor — Karen Candelaria, Elizabeth “Liz” Olson (incumbent).
  • Council member (elect two) — Jody Bjornson, Art Huebner (incumbent), Mike Netland.

Nisswa

  • Council member (elect two) — Cameron Dorion.

Pequot Lakes

  • Mayor — Tyler E Gardner (incumbent).

Sebeka

  • Mayor — David A. Anderson (incumbent), Edmund Fennig.
  • Council member (elect two) — Michael Grewing, Mitch Hanson.

Wadena

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  • Council member (elect two) — Dan Sartell.

Townships

Birch Lake Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Andy Becker.
  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Andy Bray.

Boy River Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 1 — Deborah Huotari (incumbent).
  • Township supervisor, seat 2 — Leroy Bader (incumbent).

Deerfield Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 3 — Terry Holden.
  • Township clerk — Lisa Kriens (incumbent).

Sylvan Township

  • Township supervisor, seat 5 — Arlene Schmit (incumbent).

Hospital district

Cuyuna Range

  • Hospital district board member (Deerwood) — Julie Mohs (incumbent).
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