Check your polling location before Aug. 9 primary

See a list of candidates who will be on the ballot

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BRAINERD — It’s time to whittle candidates for the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Before you head to the polls to vote in the Tuesday, Aug. 9, primary election, be sure to figure out where your polling place is located.

It may have changed.

All registered voters in Crow Wing County should have received a postcard with updated election information, including changes that resulted after the 2022 redistricting.

The postcards list the voter’s polling place, precinct and election districts for local and state races, beginning with the Aug. 9 primary election.


Voters can visit to apply for an absentee ballot, find their polling place, check their registration status and view a sample ballot for their precinct.

Absentee voting for the Aug. 9 primary election is open. Voters who wish to vote early may come to the historic courthouse in Brainerd during regular business hours.

Residents can vote by absentee ballot in person at the elections office on the second floor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In-person early voting hours

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday until Monday, Aug. 8.
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

Primary election ballots

Area legislative seats on the primary election ballot include:

Bret Bussman
Bret Bussman
Dale A.P. Anderson
Dale A.P. Anderson
Paul Utke
Paul Utke
Joel Maxwell

  • Senate District 5: Republicans Bret Bussman, Browerville; Rep. Paul J. Utke, Park Rapids (incumbent); Dale A.P. Anderson, Pine River. 

The three Republicans will be on the Aug. 9 primary ballot to narrow the field to one candidate from that party. That candidate will face A. John Peters, DFL, Browerville, in the general election Nov. 8.
District 5 includes parts of Cass, Hubbard, Wadena and Becker counties, including the area cities of Backus, Chickamaw Beach, East Gull Lake, Hackensack, Lake Shore and Pine River, along with the area townships of Barclay, Bull Moose, Bungo, Deerfield, Fairview, Home Brook, Loon Lake, McKinley, Pine River, Powers, Walden and Wilson.

Doug Kern
Doug Kern
Josh Heintzeman
Josh Heintzeman


  • House District 6B: Republicans Doug Kern, Brainerd, and Rep. Josh Heintzeman, Nisswa (incumbent).

The two Republicans will be on the Aug. 9 primary ballot to narrow the field to one candidate from that party. That candidate will face Sally Boos, DFL, Baxter, in the general election Nov. 8.

House District 6B includes most of western Crow Wing County, including the cities of Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Merrifield, Jenkins and Breezy Point.

  • U.S. Representative, District 8: Republicans Pete Stauber, Duluth (incumbent), and Harry Robb Welty; and Democrats Jen Schultz and John Munter will be on the primary ballot to narrow the field to one candidate from each party, who will then face each other in November.

On this partisan ballot for the U.S. House seat, voters can vote for candidates of one political party only.
Primary ballots will contain other state offices from various parties as well.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at

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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