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Grimsley, Fontaine advance

Election judges Brad Carlson, left, and Margaret Gunderson, right, help Steve Hanson after his primary ballot was rejected by the counting machine. Hanson said he had mistakenly voted twice for one opening. The voting machine allows mistakes to be corrected on the spot. Photo By - Brian Basham1 / 4
Detroit Lakes Ward 3 election judge Joyce Duffney explains the primary election ballot to voter Steve Stoa Tuesday evening in the basement of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Photo By - Brian Basham2 / 4
Ben Grimsley was the top vote-getter in the primary. Submitted Photo3 / 4
Craig Fontaine came in second in the primary. Submitted Photo4 / 4

Ben Grimsley and Craig Fontaine have won the District 2 Becker County Board primary and will advance to the general election Nov. 6.

With all the votes counted, Grimsley came in first with 160 votes, Fontaine was second with 117 votes and the third candidate, Mark Hagedorn, received 75 votes.

"There wasn't a lot of voter turnout, but I'm definitely happy to take first place," Grimsley said late Tuesday evening. "I'm just going to reach more voters between now and (the general election). It looks like what I'm doing is working -- as I reach more voters the general election will look even better."

Fontaine said he also plans to campaign hard the next few months.

"I'd like to thank people for the support I've received so far," he said. "I'll continue to talk to people and knock on doors -- I'll work hard to win the overall election in November."

Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen said voter turnout was 9.2 percent, with 1,647 votes cast in Becker County out of nearly 18,000 registered voters.

"It went pretty well," Tangen said. "You get good election judges, and the elections go well. That's one thing Becker County has going for it is our very skilled election judges."

In the Republican primary for the Minnesota House 2B race, which includes most of Becker County, endorsed candidate Steve Green narrowly defeated challenger David Collins.

With all of the precincts reporting district-wide, Green won, 790 votes (53.5 percent) to 688 votes (46.5 percent) for Collins.

Green easily won the Becker County vote, 312 votes to 171 votes.

The Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, Kurt Bills, got a run for his money from challenger David Carlson.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Bills was leading 51.5 percent to 35 percent for Carlson. A third challenger, Bob Carney Jr., received 13.5 percent of the vote.

Becker County voters heavily favored Carlson, who received 50 percent of votes cast in the county, to 37 percent for Bills and 13 percent for Carney.

On the DFL side, Richard Nolan edged out Tarryl L. Clark to face Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaak in November.

With all precincts reporting, Nolan received 19,988 votes, or 39 percent, to Clark's 16,222 votes, or 31.5 percent. A third candidate, Jeff Anderson, received 15,194 votes or 29.5 percent.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar coasted to an easy primary win over three challengers. With 87 percent of precincts reporting statewide, she had 91 percent of the vote, to 3 percent for Jack Edward Shepard, 3 percent for Dick Franson and 2.5 percent for Darryl Stanton.

Becker County voters gave Klobuchar 87 percent of the vote, to 6 percent for Shepard, 4 percent for Franson and 2 percent for Stanton.

In the Independence Party primary for U.S. Senate, Stephen Williams defeated Glen R. Anderson-Menze 60 percent to 40 percent. (Williams won 55 percent to 45 percent among Becker County voters)

With 85 percent of precincts reporting statewide, two incumbents on the Minnesota Supreme Court were in no danger of losing their jobs.

Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea had just over 50 percent of the vote. Dan Griffith had 29 percent of the vote and Jill Clark had 21 percent.

In the second state Supreme Court race, Justice David Stras had 49 percent of the statewide vote, with 29 percent for Tim Tingelstad and 22 percent for Alan Nelson.

Among Becker County voters, the chief justice narrowly beat out Dan Griffith, receiving 644 votes (44 percent) to 512 votes (40 percent) for Griffith and 195 votes (153 percent) for Jill Clark.

In the Becker County vote, Tim Tingelstad received a lot more votes than incumbent David Stras, 756 votes to 512 votes, or 52 percent to 35 percent. Nelson received 195 votes, or 13 percent.