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.
In many ways, the 2018 midterm elections have been a tale of two Minnesotas—one rural backcountry, the other urban metro —with the major parties vying for the political soul of a state that's grown increasingly polarized in recent years. As such, it should come as no surprise the epicenter of this clash took place in the Twin Cities suburbs—communities like Eagan, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Plymouth—where Democrats (and their subsidiary state party, the DFL) made significant inroads.
Once upon a time—and not so long ago—the Democratic party largely dictated politics in the 8th Congressional District. Consider that reign at an end in the union's largest congressional district east of the Mississippi—no small ripple in the waters, so to speak, as Minnesota's northeastern territories overwhelmingly opted for Democratic candidates going back to the early days of the Truman administration.
BAXTER—At least for now, circumstances delivered the Baxter City Council from ruling on a difficult and complicated request—one inciting a great deal of discussion during prior meetings and resulting in a split vote to table the matter. The council voted unanimously Wednesday, Nov. 7, to approve replatting the Navillus Business Center property, approved a conditional use permit for joint access, and authorized a property easement for utility and drainage purposes on that property.
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."