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November 15, 2018
Paul Gazelka
Senate Republicans re-elect Gazelka as majority leader
November 15, 2018 - 6:00am
November 8, 2018
Voters stand in line Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church  in Baxter. According to head election judge Darlene Swedin, the precinct, P-1E, was processing two voters every minute. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
State goes blue, area swings red
November 8, 2018 - 3:00am
November 7, 2018
Josh Heintzeman
Heintzeman garners 3rd term in resounding victory over Menk
November 7, 2018 - 8:30am
October 30, 2018
The subject of a forum at CLC's Chalberg Theatre, candidates for  Minnesota House of Representatives included DFLer Alex Hering (left) and Republican John Poston for District 9A, Republican Josh Heintzeman and DFLer Dale Menk for District 10A, Republican Dale Lueck and DFLer Phil Yetzer for District 10B.  Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch.play button
Local state rep candidates spar over partisan lines in CLC forum
October 30, 2018 - 3:00am
October 18, 2018
Republican state attorney general candidate Doug Wardlow (center) poses with supporters in a Republican rally Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Brainerd Industrial Center. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Wardlow envisions neutral, nonpartisan role in state AG bid
October 18, 2018 - 11:00am
October 8, 2018
Moderator Ray Gildow (left) and candidates for District 10B -- DFL challenger Phil Yetzer of Fairfield Township and State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin -- participate in a televised debate Friday, Oct. 5, at the Lakeland PBS studio in Brainerd.  Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Election debates: District 10B candidates wrangle over health care
October 8, 2018 - 9:00am
Moderator Ray Gildow (left) and candidates for District 10A -- State Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and DFL challenger Dale Menk -- participate in a televised debate Friday, Oct. 5, at the Lakeland PBS studio in Brainerd.  Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Election debates: District 10A candidates argue their cases
October 8, 2018 - 7:00am
August 20, 2018
State Republican Chair Jennifer Carnahan mingles with attendees at the governor's debate Friday, Aug. 17, at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Setting the stage: State GOP chair talks shop about 2018 midterms
August 20, 2018 - 9:00am
August 17, 2018
Gubernatorial candidates Tim Walz for the DFL (left) and Jeff Johnson for the Republican Party address a wide range of issues at the first governor's debate Friday, Aug. 17, since their primary victories last Tuesday. The debate took place at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch -  Videoplay button
Johnson, Walz spar in first governor's debate since primary victories
August 17, 2018 - 10:01pm
August 15, 2018
Voters head into Bethlehem Lutheran Church Tuesday Aug. 14, location of Brainerd Ward 3 Precincts 2 and 3 to cast their ballots. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
Crow Wing County by the numbers: Election results for primary races
August 15, 2018 - 3:00am
August 10, 2018
U.S. Senate candidate Bob Anderson is challenging Republican-endorsed candidate Karin Housley in the GOP primary Tuesday, Aug. 14. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Anderson makes outsider, populist campaign for senate
August 10, 2018 - 9:00am
July 28, 2018
RNC representatives stopped by Brainerd to tout the National Voter Scores Program and its prior success in Wisconsin, Michigan and other states. Now it's coming to Minnesota. Brainerd Dispatch file photo
RNC touts voter data system in place for 2018 Minnesota midterms
July 28, 2018 - 8:00am
July 13, 2018
Gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy stopped by Sage on Laurel in downtown Brainerd Thursday, July 12, to discuss her sweeping health care proposal -- a statewide single-payer plan. Gabriel Lagarde / Brainerd Dispatch
Murphy unveils single-payer health plan in gubernatorial run
July 13, 2018 - 7:00am
July 10, 2018
Jeff Johnson, 62, didn't mince words with what he sees as a state government overstepping its bounds and hurting everyday Minnesotans in the process. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
'If people come out, I believe I'll win'
July 10, 2018 - 11:00am
June 29, 2018
Gubernatorial candidates Lori Swanson (left), Tim Walz, Jeff Johnson and Erin Murphy address a bevy of complex economic questions -- drawing upon their diverse backgrounds, occupations and political leanings. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatchplay button
Governor candidates tackle big questions in state economics
June 29, 2018 - 6:00am