Generally speaking, the state of Minnesota swung blue in the 2018 midterms, backing DFL candidates for governor, both U.S. senate seats, all three constitutional offices and in the Minnesota House of Representatives—with Republicans maintaining a narrow edge in the Minnesota Senate. In terms of the U.S. House, it was something of a trade-off where Republicans took seats in the First and Eighth districts from the Democrats, while surrendering the Second and the Third.
PILLAGER—Neighborly Volunteers are needed to help seniors, the disabled, and people in need throughout Cass County with transportation, home meal delivery, visiting and respite, light homemaking, basic home repair, and chores including ramp building, through Faith in Action for Cass County's coordinated volunteer services.
Bertha City Council Debra Nelson—116. Gene Captain—112. Birch Pettow—37. Browerville Mayor Robert Heid—141. Calvin M. Lucas—124. Buckman Mayor Greg Gandl—88. Nicholas Henderson—24. City Council George Dehler—92. Preston Loidolt—49. Kennith Pekarek—33. Cass Lake Mayor Herschel J. Ogema—128. Jerry D. Smith—108.
Snowy weather didn't hinder voters from turning out at the polls on Election Day. Deborah Erickson, Crow Wing County Administrative Services director, said there were 31,636 registered voters at the polls in Crow Wing County, not counting those who registered on Election Day. Voters Tuesday, Nov. 6, represented 78 percent of registered voters and 65 percent of eligible voters in the county. With the new voters included in the count, Erickson expects the voter turnout to be about 70 percent. In 2014, the last midterm election, voter turnout was about 56 percent.
Election results from area cities, counties and school boards. Aitkin City Council Annie Root-McIntosh—242. Erin Wagner—478. Aitkin County Commissioner District 1 Robert "Bob" Harwarth—472. J. Mark Wedel—953. District 3 Todd R. Johnson—580. Donald Niemi—733. District 5 (16 of 18 precincts reporting) Anne Marcotte—584. Stephanie "Steph" Payment—552. Aitkin School Board Elect four
NISSWA—A 19-year-old Willmar man is in custody following a police chase Friday, Nov. 2, that began in Nisswa and reached speeds of 100 mph during the pursuit. The chase started in Nisswa, made its way into Baxter and returned to Nisswa, where the suspect crashed into a tree.
Pequot Lakes senior Olivia Lane will sign her NCAA National Letter of Intent to play women's basketball at the University of North Dakota at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in the athletic center. The event is open to the public.
The man who allegedly stole a medical van from the Brainerd hospital parking lot and drove it through downtown faces two felonies and a misdemeanor as a result. Roy Vincent Aguirre, 50, of Breezy Point, made his second appearance Monday, Nov. 5, at Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. Aguirre was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree damage to property, both felonies, and misdemeanor reckless driving.
Advance tickets are on sale for the Class 2A state quarterfinal football game between the Pillager Huskies and Paynesville Bulldogs that will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Alexandria High School. Tickets will be available for purchase in the Pillager Middle School Office until the end of the school day Friday. Tickets are $11 for adults, $7 for students. Fan buses will be chartered for Friday's game. Sign-up sheets will be located in the middle school office. Students sixth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Brainerd High School seniors Abraham Albrecht and Jimmy Lin have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Principal Andrea Rusk will present each student with a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.