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This one's for all the speed demons out there. As local motorists might have noticed, stretches of state highways—like, say, Highway 371 between Pequot Lakes and Hackensack—has seen speed limits increased from 55 mph to 60 mph. As it turns out, it represents a statewide initiative to increase speed limits for two-lane highways across Minnesota, said Tom Dumont, a traffic engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Florida ain't got nothing on Manhattan Beach. Make heads or tails of that. Let's set aside talks of close races, recounts and runoffs, and take a look at the mayoral race between incumbent Paul Allen and Kevin Larson for the tiny town—population about 60—just north of Crosslake.
It's a third term for the Aitkin-based cattle rancher—a chance to see a number of old projects to fruition and, with new faces in high offices, perhaps a chance to foster stronger bonds in St. Paul. Incumbent state Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, trumped DFL challenger Phil Yetzer by a margin of 65.6 percent to 34 percent as of 1 a.m. Roughly 97 percent of precincts had reported in by that time.
On Election Day, the Minnesota House of Representatives' District 10A spoke and it was a resounding yes for two-term representative Josh Heintzeman. Out of Nisswa, Heintzeman, 40, garnered 62 percent of the vote over DFL challenger Dale Menk's 38 percent—a landslide victory that gives Heintzeman a convincing mandate as he enters his third term in St. Paul. "We're obviously very thankful to have the support of my District 10A," Heintzeman told the Dispatch during a phone interview. "That is really exciting and we're thankful for that."
PAUL — Geography Teacher. National guardsman. Congressman. Now governor of Minnesota -- that’s Tim Walz. The six-term Democratic congressman defeated Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in convincing fashion after a campaign that shed light on deep divisions in the state. Johnson trailed in the polls leading up to Election Day, Nov. 6, but narrowed the gap in recent weeks.
With all six local candidates in one room, the forum Monday, Oct. 29, in Central Lakes College's Chalberg Theatre took on a different quality—not just debates between men with different interpretations of government's role, but a showdown between ideologies in central Minnesota.
Minnesota's highest office is up for grabs and its race is tightening down the stretch as the state enters the final two weeks before Election Day, Nov. 6. Democrat Tim Walz leads Republican by about 6 percentage points—Walz is garnering 45 percent to Johnson's 39 percent in an Oct. 15-17 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This is down from a 9-point advantage Walz enjoyed as recently as mid-September. Crucially, 12 percent of voters declared they remain undecided.
It was fitting he stepped up to the podium to unmistakable guitar riffs and Axl Rose's screeching falsettos in Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle." As a self-described music buff and '80s kid raised on MTV, Eryk Haapajoki invoked the names of musical acts—from rock stars to country crooners and '60s pop—extensively in his acceptance speech.
It looks like that long line at the local DMV just got a bit longer. The state of Minnesota is rolling out three Class D driver licenses for the public to use in various capacities—the traditional standard license, as well as a new Real ID license and an Enhanced license, though the Real ID license looks to be the most practical and popular going forward.
In the closing moments of an 8th Congressional District debate, Oct. 8, at Madden's Resort, one of the candidates touched upon tragedy—his mother, killed in a violent murder-suicide by a relative; another close family member, struggling in a hospital after a suicide attempt.