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Menahga bond issue fails by three votes

Wadena County followed statewide trends during the Tuesday, Aug. 10 primary election. The results for local offices, a school bond and partisan nominations ranged from landslides to a margin that could be counted on one hand.

The following results are unofficial.

Local candidates

David Hillukka garnered 456 votes (45.65 percent) in the County Commissioner District 5 race, followed by incumbent Dave Schermerhorn at 444 (44.44 percent) and Dave Whitaker at 99 (9.91 percent). Hillukka and Schermerhorn will advance to the November general election.

In the County Auditor-Treasurer race, incumbent Char West led at 1,325 votes (67.05 percent) followed by Brian James Hagen at 417 (21.10 percent) and Betty A. White at 234 (11.84 percent). West and Hagen will advance to the general election.

The Menagha school district bond failed by a three-vote margin. While it was supported in Wadena County by 528 to 483, the entire school district tallied up to 692 "yes" votes and 695 "no" votes.

Mary Klumm of the Menagha School district said it was the third attempt at a referendum and the closest race thus far. The first referendum failed by a relatively wide margin on Nov. 3, 2009, and the second referendum failed by 37 votes on

April 13, 2010.

How locals voted in statewide races

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination for governor and lieutenant governor was the closest race on the statewide partisan ballot. Wadena County voters supported Mark Dayton with 549 votes (48.97 percent). Margaret Anderson Kelliher took 342 votes (30.51 percent), followed by Matt Entenza with 213 votes (19 percent) and Peter Idusogie with 17 votes (1.52 percent).

Dayton narrowly won the overall Minnesota primary, and Kelliher conceded on Thursday.

The Republican Party, on the other hand, produced a landslide victory for Tom Emmer both statewide and locally. In Wadena County, Emmer took 546 votes (75.62 percent) in the four-way race followed by Bob Carney Jr. at 76 (10.53 percent), Leslie Davis at 70 (9.70 percent) and Ole' Savior at 30 (4.16 percent).

The Independence Party race for governor also saw a landslide victory, both statewide and in Wadena County, for Tom Horner in a five-way race. Horner took 44 Wadena County votes (51.76 percent), followed by Phil Ratte' at 14 (16.47 percent), John T. Uldrich at 12 (14.12 percent), Rahn Workcuff at 9 (10.59 percent) and Rob Hahn at 6 (7.06 percent).

Dayton, Emmer, and Horner will advance to the general election for the governor's seat being vacated by incumbent Tim Pawlenty.

House of Representatives

In the DFL race for U.S. Representative District race, incumbent James Oberstar defeated W.D. (Bill) Hamm by a landslide both statewide and in Wadena county. Local voters favored Oberstar by a 736 to 326 margin.

Republican House candidate Chip Cravaack and Independence candidate Timothy Olson were their respective parties' only nominees and will advance to the November general election as well.

Secretary of state

Mark Ritchie overtook "Dick" Franson in a landslide for the DFL secretary of state race, both statewide and locally. In Wadena County, Ritchie took 756 (75.83 percent) votes to advance to the November election while Franson took 241 (24.17 percent).

Independence candidate Jual Carlson and Republican candidate Dan "Doc" Severenson were again the only nominees for their respective political parties and will go to the general election.

Attorney general

The Republican nomination for attorney general between Chris Barden and Sharon Anderson went to Barden by an approximately 54 percent to 46 percent margin statewide. In Wadena County, the contest was closer with Barden taking 350 votes (51.09 percent) against Anderson's 335 votes (48.91 percent).

The DFL nomination was a statewide and local landslide victory for incumbent Lori Swanson, who garnered 831 votes (81.39 percent) against Leo F. Meyer at 190 votes (18.61 percent).

Bill Dahn was the only Independence Party candidate for this office and will advance to the November general