"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 10:35:47, Sep 2nd 2014 - wtf - Because I can! At least I don't sit and argue with people like you do mister no ... [Read More]
- 5:25:09, Aug 27th 2014 - hawkeyejay - Hank, I wouldn't bet your pension or SS check on ACA being cast in stone ... [Read More]
- 5:10:18, Aug 27th 2014 - hawkeyejay - Just like Yvonne to trot out the " Republican War On Women" routine. I g ... [Read More]
- 7:33:35, Aug 27th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - wtf, why did you make that comment on a story regarding high school ... [Read More]
- 11:00:14, Aug 25th 2014 - wtf - Your article on Preston fastpitch wins big. The under 15 age takes 2nd.. There ... [Read More]
- 8:52:32, Aug 25th 2014 - Rae - I wish that you had included Stab from TJ's Liquor in your article. Stab has b ... [Read More]
- 10:32:36, Aug 22nd 2014 - Mad Mike - Doc, how do you get any truth or facts with the current set up that this ... [Read More]
- 9:31:25, Aug 22nd 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - doc, You mentioned that "Republicans want the truth, they just ... [Read More]
- 8:00:02, Aug 19th 2014 - doc - Republicans want the truth, they just don't like facts. ... [Read More]
- 7:58:04, Aug 19th 2014 - doc - Gas prices were $4.25 the last summer that GWB was in office. ... [Read More]
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Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Posted in Features
Area voters turned out in large numbers for Tuesday’s mid-term elections. In Fillmore County 9,272 of the 12,110 registered voters (76.56%) came to the polls. Meanwhile in Houston County, 8,600 of 11,602 registered voters (74.13%) turned out to cast votes.
While the Republican Party swept control of both houses of Congress, closer to home in Fillmore County the Democrats performed quite well. Vice President Walter Mondale, while losing the state-wide election to Republican Norm Coleman, took Fillmore County by a margin of 4908 to 4085. Democrats Buck Humphrey and Carol Johnson led in Fillmore County for the Secretary of State and State Audtior positions, despite losing to Republicans state-wide by slight margins. Similarly, first time DFL state senate candidate Sharon Ropes took Fillmore County with 53% of the vote before losing the district race to Winona businessman Robert Kierlin in District 31. Republican State Representative Greg Davids will return to St. Paul representing Distrtict 31 B. Davids edged DFL candidate Al Hein by slightly more than 1,000 votes in their race for the state house seat. Independence Party candidate for governor, Tim Penny, took Fillmore County by a wide margin with 47% of the vote. Below is a summary of federal and state election results in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner. FEDERAL ELECTIONS U.S. Senator •GP-Ray Tricomo 37 •IP-Jim Moore 299 •R-Norm Coleman 4085 •DFL-Walter Mondale 4908 •CON-Miro Kovatchevich 11 U.S. Representative District 1 •GP-Greg Mikkelson 241 •R-Gil Gutknecht 5710 •DFL-Steve Andreason 3250 STATE ELECTIONS Governor •GP-Ken Pentel 101 •IP-Timothy Penny 4429 •R-Tim Pawlenty 2951 •DFL-Roger Moe 1730 •CON-Lawrence Aeschliman 12 •I-Booker Hodges IV 20 •SWP-Kari Sachs 8 Secretary of State •GP-Andrew Koebrick 165 •IP-Dean Alger 575 •R-Mary Kiffmeyer 4149 •DFL-Hubert Humphrey 4185 State Auditor •GP-Dave Berger 229 •IP-Dave Hutcheson 913 •R-Patricia Anderson Awada 3783 •DFL-Carol Johnson 3885 Attorney General •IP-Dale Nathan 572 •R-Tom Kelley 3800 •DFL-Mike Hatch 4603 State Senator District 31 •R-Bob Kierlin 3697 •DFL-Sharon Ropes 4295 State Representative D-31B •R-Greg Davids 4708 •DFL-Al Hein 3423 COUNTY ELECTIONS The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners will stay relatively unchanged as both Duane Bakke and Randall Dahl won re-election. Newcomer Chuck Amunrud, who ran unopposed in the newly aligned District 3, will take over for Harry Root who did not seek re-election. Helen Bicknese, who also ran unopposed, will return for a two year term as Commisisoner in District 1. The contest to replace Matt Opat as County Attorney was hotly contested with Brett Corson of Wykoff emerging victorious. Below is a summary of key county contests in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner. County Commissioner Dist. 2 •Randall Dahl 1042 •Donald Boyum 760 County Commissioner Dist. 4 •Duane Bakke 1150 •Sandra Benson 891 County Attorney •Brett Corson 4785 •Eric Herendeen 3904 CITY ELECTIONS There were several exciting city elections in Fillmore County. In Preston, a grass roots write-in campaign, that started two weeks ago, helped elect Dave Pechulis over long time Mayor Clarence Quanrud. Mike McGarvey, who was also part of the write-in campaign was elected to one of two council member seats. There was a tight race in Wykoff where incumbent mayor Leroy Eickhoff edged Randy Mensink by four votes. In other contests, the Mabel-Canton School referendum was defeated, while Peterson residents voted in favor of a Sunday liquor license for the Peterson Legion. In Spring Valley, voters approved a Sunday Liquor referendum by four votes. Below is summary of votes in city elections in Fillmore County. Bold indicates overall winner. CANTON Mayor (2 year) •Donivee Johnson 92 •Write in Donald Helgeson 72 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Russell Richardson 81 •Henry Selden 102 •Kim Bakke 50 •Eugene Winslow 15 •Randy Gossman 56 CHATFIELD Mayor (2 year) •Curt Sorenson 588 •Neil Snider 365 •John McBroom 138 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Jeremy Wangen 283 •Merlin Iverson 380 •Les Knutson 483 •Paul Novotny 512 •Jon Martin 373 FOUNTAIN Mayor (2 year) •Richard Kujath 160 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Jim Schott 146 •Write in - Bryan Ostby 16 •Write in - Tom Larson 14 HARMONY Mayor (2 year) •David Runkel 390 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Sherry Hines356 •Gerald Shuck 338 LANESBORO Mayor (2 year) •Carla Noack200 •Robert Nordby 8 •Steve Rahn262 City Council (1 seat, 2 year) •Joe O’Connor428 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Kevin Drake281 •Karen Scheevel 199 •J.T. Tuft 59 •Jerome Halvorson 247 •Write in 61 MABEL Mayor (2 year) •James Westby 259 •Karen Norby 93 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Terry Torkelson 291 •Brian Street 283 OSTRANDER Mayor (2 year) •Linda Schwenn 112 •Victor Feine 37 City Council (1 seat, 4 year) •Pamela Kunert 89 •Merlin Christenson 103 •Write in 53 City Council (1 seat, 2 year) •John Schraeder 45 •Jessie Vlasak 101 PETERSON Mayor (2 year) •Richard Lee 113 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Keith Peterson 97 •Randall Benson 105 PRESTON Mayor (2 year) •Clarence Quanrud 220 •Greg Johnson 119 •Write in Dave Pechulis 303 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Dennis Clausen 84 •Mike Sveen 169 •Heath Mensink 454 •Eugene Major 140 •Write in Mike McGarvey 326 RUSHFORD - no city elections. RUSHFORD VILLAGE Mayor (2 year) •Gordon Johnson 261 •Lori Peterson 115 City Council (1 seat, 4 year) •Dale Schwanke 337 City Clerk (1 seat, 4 year) •Judy Graham 338 •Write in 10 SPRING VALLEY Mayor (2 year) •Jim Struzyk 858 •Write in 50 City Council (1 seat, 2 year) •Bill Biers 924 •Write in 17 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Mike Hadland 594 •Deb Staley 533 •Dennis Colton 633 •Write in 52 WHALAN Mayor (2 year) •Dean Hughes 26 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Sheila McCallson 6 •Patrice Carlsen 5 •Robert Engen 22 •Everett Johnson 25 •Margaret Chiglo - appointed to fill the unfinished term of Doris Peterson. WYKOFF Mayor (2 year) •Kevin Comstock 16 •Leroy Eickhoff 116 •Randy Mensink 112 City Council (2 seats, 4 year) •Jeremy Comstock 155 •Michael Sabatke 176 •Write in 82 OTHER CONTESTS Mabel-Canton School District 238 levy referendum •Yes 390 •No 467 Peterson City Question Sunday Liquor •Yes 60 •No 49 Rushford School Board •Dorothy Pettit 362 •David Boe 755 •Jon Peterson 779 •Stan Gudmundson 244 •Chuck Eidenschink 1105 •Write in 605 Spring Valley City Queston Sunday Liquor •Yes 476 •No 472