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Otter Tail County first in state to raise tobacco purchasing age

Otter Tail County on Tuesday became the first county in Minnesota to raise the legal purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21. In a unanimous 4-0 vote, the ...
Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 3-year-old son and baby daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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Prairie Centre opens with a split against L/DC and Luverne

Prairie Centre's Kylee Hopp finds the back of the net during the Blue Devils' season-opening victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato. Submitted photo
The Prairie Centre girls hockey team opened the 2018-19 season with a 3-1 victory over Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at the Long Prairie Expo Arena on Nov. 8. The Blue Devils continued their ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Collin Peterson wins 15th term in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District

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WILLMAR – Early election results in for the race in Minnesota’s Seventh District had DFL Congressman Collin Peterson running neck-and-neck with Republican challenger Dave Hughes.
Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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Blaha holds late lead in Minnesota auditor race

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ST. PAUL — Julie Blaha led Pam Myhra for Minnesota State Auditor with 25 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Nov. 6. Minnesota is one of 24 states that elect an ...
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Voters favor Chutich in only contested race for Minnesota Supreme Court

In the only contested race in this year’s Minnesota Supreme Court race, incumbent Justice Margaret Chutich, left, squared off against Michelle MacDonald., right. Forum News Service file
ST. PAUL — In the only contested race in this year’s Minnesota Supreme Court race, incumbent Justice Margaret Chutich squared off against Michelle MacDonald. As of 9:05 p.m. Tuesday night, ...
Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson

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Jesson favored in only contested race for Minnesota appellate court

Vying for seat 2 in the Minnesota appellate court is incumbent Justice Lucinda Jesson, left, who has served on the appellate court since 2015, and challenger Anthony Brown, right. Forum News Service
ST. PAUL — Six Minnesota appellate court seats are up for re-election this year, but only one of those seats were contested in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election. Vying ...
Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson

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Ellison declares victory in attorney general’s race

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans had high hopes this would be the year they would break the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s grip on the state’s constitutional offices. An open race for attorney ...
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Simon wins reelection in Minnesota Secretary of State race

Secretary of State Steve Simon gave his victory speech at the DFL election night party in St. Paul, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press)1 / 4
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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is on track to win a second term in office. So far, the 48-year-old, DFL-endorsed incumbent leads over Republican John Howe, ...
Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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DFL takes back control of House; GOP holds Senate with special election victory

ST. PAUL — DFLers won control of the Minnesota House of Representatives as election results rolled in Tuesday night, Nov. 6. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt of Crown conceded defeat ...
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