Crow Wing County Sees Typical Turnout in Midterm Primary Elections – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD – One in five registered voters in Crow Wing County cast their ballots in the primary election on Tuesday, August 9.

This year’s 20% turnout in the midterm elections was similar to comparable elections in the past, said Deborah Erickson, director of Crow Wing County Administrative Services. Primaries without a big local race typically result in fewer voters, she said.

“2018 had a 27% turnout of eligible voters, but there was a countywide sheriff’s race that generated more turnout,” Erickson said in an email.

As of Tuesday, 45,543 county voters were already registered out of a total of 53,143 eligible voters. Another 221 voters registered on polling day. Ballots totaled 9,271, including 1,763 absentee or absentee ballots.

The Crow Wing County canvassing board met Friday morning and certified key results, including those voted exclusively in the county as well as those that cross county boundaries, such as federal and state legislative races. . The canvassing committee reviewed the results after they were verified by county election officials. Each municipality and school district has its own solicitation board to certify the results of these races.

Minnesota County Landing Boards consist of five members: the county auditor, the district court administrator for that county, the mayor of the county’s most populous municipality, and two unelected county council members a year given.

At Crow Wing, the 2022 Board of Directors includes Erickson, whose administrative position incorporates county auditor responsibilities; Crow Wing County Court Administrator Dana Anderson, who nominated court worker Kendra Beach to attend in her place Friday; Brainerd Mayor Dave Badeaux; and County Commissioners Doug Houge and Paul Koering. No member of the public attended the meeting.

The county canvassing report is sent to the Office of the Secretary of State, where it is reviewed and incorporated into a statewide canvassing report presented to the State Canvassing Board.

Also on Friday, the canvassing committee set the date for the post-general election review, a process required by state law to ensure the accuracy of ballot counting by optical scanning machines. The review includes a manual tally of races in two randomly selected electoral districts, with one of those districts having to have more than 150 votes cast.

This year’s post-election review in Crow Wing County will take place Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 of the Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Brainerd.

Tuesday’s local results

Senate District 5

  • Paul J. Utke, R (incumbent) – 5,027 votes, 57.35%.
  • Bret Bussman, R — 2,832 votes, 32.31%.
  • Dale AP Anderson, R — 907 votes, 10.35%.

Senate District 7

  • Ben DeNucci, DFL – 4,003 votes, 50.26%.
  • Kim (Kotanias) McLaughlin, DFL – 3,962 votes, 49.74%.

Senate District 10

  • Nathan Wesenberg, R — 3,730 votes, 36.81%.
  • Steve Wenzel, R — 3,290 votes, 32.46%.
  • Jim Newberger, R — 3,114 votes, 30.73%.

House District 5B

  • Mike Wiener, R — 2,099 votes, 50.48%.
  • Sheldon Monson, R — 2,059 votes, 49.52%.

House District 6B

  • Josh Heintzeman, R (incumbent) – 3,132 votes, 79.92%.
  • Doug Kern, R — 787 votes, 20.08%.

House District 10A

  • Ron Kresha, R (incumbent) – 3,572 votes, 73.65%.
  • Charles “Chuck” Parins, R – 1,278 votes, 26.35%.

House District 10B

  • Isaac Schultz, R — 2,997 votes, 58.04%.
  • Blake Paulson, R — 1,718 votes, 33.27%.
  • John Ulrick, R — 449 votes, 8.69%.

Aitkin County Council

District 3

  • Travis J. Leiviska – 293 votes, 37.76%.
  • Don Niemi (incumbent) — 285 votes, 36.73%.
  • Patrick Murphy — 198 votes, 25.52%.

District 5

  • Michael L. Kearney – 286 votes, 39.78%.
  • Ann Marcotte (incumbent) — 252 votes, 35.05%.
  • Doug McNeil — 181 votes, 25.17%.

Crow Wing County Council

District 3

  • Steve Barrows (incumbent) — 644 votes, 45.71%.
  • Tad A. Erickson — 358 votes, 25.41%.
  • Keith M. Johnson — 263 votes, 18.67%.
  • Jazz Ness – 91 votes, 6.46%.
  • Jacob White — 53 votes, 3.76%.

Mille Lacs County Sheriff

  • Kyle A. Burton, 1,946 votes, 61.52%.
  • Travis Johnson, 781 votes, 24.69%.
  • Patrick Broberg, 299 votes, 9.45%.
  • Ryan VanDenheuvel, 137 votes, 4.33%.

Todd County Council

  • Lew Noska, 270 votes, 44.78%.
  • Nikki Deyle, 214 votes, 35.49%.
  • Robert Henrich, 119 votes, 19.73%.

Wadena County Sheriff

  • Mike Carr Jr (incumbent) – 1,431 votes, 71.98%.
  • Milo Scott — 510 votes, 25.65%.
  • Jason Hofer — 47 votes, 2.36%.

Wadena County Council

District 1

  • Ron Noon – 223 votes, 63.35%.
  • Don Burns — 82 votes, 23.3%.
  • Victor M. Kern – 47 votes, 13.35%.

Brainerd Town Council

Special Election, Ward 1

  • Kara Terry — 160 votes, 43.48%.
  • Leonard D. Skillings – 114 votes, 30.98%.
  • William Bieser — 94 votes, 25.54%.

Ward 4

  • Gabe Johnson (incumbent) — 118 votes, 43.38%.
  • Emily LeClaire — 79 votes, 29.04%.
  • Johnathan Miller — 75 votes, 27.57%.

Source: Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.

CHELSEY PERKINS, Community Editor, can be reached at 218-855-5874 or

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