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Hendrickson, Halvorson to face off for auditor-treasurer; Swenson and Wenner to vie for county recorder job

     Acting Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Mary Hendrickson scored a big win in the primary election Tuesday, coming in first with 1,437 votes, or 51 percent.

     Coming in second to clinch a spot on the General Election ballot Nov. 4 was Darin Halvorson, an accountant in the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office. He received 755 votes, or 27 percent.

     The third candidate, Brant Mouw, collected 645 votes, or 23 percent. He is an accountant and business professional in the private sector.

     The top two vote-getters advance to the general election.

     In the four-way race for Becker County recorder, Becker County Planning and Zoning Administrator Patty Swenson came in first, with 968 votes, or 34 percent.

     Deputy Recorder Karen Wenner came in second with 733 votes, or 26 percent.

     The two will face off on Nov. 4.

     Sandee Listul, head of vital records in the recorder’s office, came in third with 693 votes, or 24 percent.

     Darryl Hensel, deputy recorder in Hubbard County, received 448 votes, or 16 percent.

     In the race for 7th District Court judge, incumbent Steven Cahill, who was reprimanded earlier this year by a state judicial board, was in first place district-wide, with 40 percent of the vote.

     Cahill also came in first in the Becker County vote, with 964 votes, or 36 percent.

     He will be on the General Election ballot along with a challenger.

     With 98 percent of precincts reporting district-wide, Kenneth Kohler, a Moorhead attorney, was leading Assistant Clay County Attorney Cheryl Duysen 24 percent to 22 percent.

     Terry Graff was at 12 percent.

     It wasn’t that close in the Becker County vote. Kohler received 934 votes, or 35 percent and Duysen received 515 votes, or 19 percent. Graff received 287 votes in Becker County, or 11 percent.