Area legislative candidates to participate in forum Oct. 1

Event to take place at Grand View Lodge's Gull Lake Center and will be livestreamed on Brainerd Dispatch Facebook page.

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Area state legislative candidates will participate in a candidate forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Grand View Lodge's Gull Lake Center.

The following candidates were invited to attend:

  • State Senate District 9: Paul Gazelka, Republican incumbent, and A. John Peters, DFL.
  • State Senate District 10: Carrie Ruud, Republican incumbent, and Steve Samuelson, DFL.
  • State House District 9A: John Poston, Republican incumbent, and Alex Hering, DFL.
  • State House District 10A: Josh Heintzeman, Republican incumbent, and Dale Menk, DFL.
  • State House District 10B: Dale Lueck, Republican incumbent, and Gaylene Spolarich, DFL.

This event is free and open to the public. Organizers will follow all safety rules related to face coverings, room capacity and social distancing. Neutral moderators will ask issue-based questions with timed responses. Audiences may also submit written questions to the candidates.
RSVPs may be made by visiting and clicking "register" to attend.

The forum will be streamed live on the Brainerd Dispatch Facebook page. Those who miss the livestream may watch the legislative forum under the video heading on or the Brainerd Dispatch Facebook page.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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