2012 elections

It looks like Minnesota Democrats have regained control of the House and Senate after losing control of both houses two years ago. Because of redistricting all 201 of Minnesota’s legislative seats were up for grabs. Prior to the election, Republicans controlled both the house and senate. In the House, the GOP controlled 72 seats to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Mary Kiffmeyer, a Republican representative from Big Lake, has been elected to an open seat in the Minnesota Sentate. She beat DFLer Paul Perovich 25,177 (62 percent) to 15,103 (37 percent). Kiffmeyer said she’s grateful to the voters for their support and looks forward to serving. A registered nurse and [...]

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Holly Thompson and Sue Farber have won re-election bids to the Elk River Area School Board, and Dan Hunt has earned the third open seat in Tuesday’s election. Incumbent Janelle Henry lost her bid for re-election. Thompson garnered 12,169 votes or slightly more than 20 percent of the vote, while Farber garnered 11,791 or nearly [...]

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It appears Rep. Michele Bachmann has turned away a strong Sixth District charge from DFL challenger Jim Graves’ to notch fourth term in Congress. With 279 of 280 precincts reporting, Bachmann has 179,653 votes or 50.41 percent of the vote compared to 175,716 votes or 49.31 percent. There were 980 write in votes. Early Wednesday, [...]

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•Click here to read about Mary Kiffmeyer’s victory in a race for an open Senate seat. by Joni Astrup Associate editor Nick Zerwas has clinched an open seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The Republican from Elk River defeated DFLer Holly Neuman of Big Lake, 12,724 (64 percent) to 7,217 (36 percent). “I’m absolutely [...]

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Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL challenger Jim Graves remained within a razor’s edge of each other early Wednesday morning in their undeclared Sixth District election battle. Unofficial results reported shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s election website showed with 235 of 380 precincts reporting, Bachmann had received 142,449 votes (49.95 [...]

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Retired Sherburne County Sheriff Bruce Anderson has defeated incumbent Sherburne County Commissioner Larry Farber for the District 1 seat on the county board. The tally was Anderson, 4,815 votes and Farber, 2,680 votes in unofficial totals. District 1 covers most of the county seat of Elk River. Anderson received more than 63 percent of the [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Barb Burandt has been elected to the Elk River City Council, edging Mike McDonough by 217 votes. The unofficial total is Burandt, 1,342 or 54 percent to 1,125 or 45 percent for McDonough. “It’s a humbling experience to have all those people support me,” Burandt said. “I will really try [...]

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