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Sandy Fernelius of Willmar casts her vote Monday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. The secretary of state is reporting 589,814 of an eligible 3,806,763 Minnesotans cast votes in Tuesday's primary election. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Turnout for primary highest in Minn. in a decade

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WILLMAR -- The unofficial voter turnout in Tuesday's primary in Minnesota was 15.5 percent, the highest turnout since 2000, according to the Secretary of State.

"Despite heat, hu-midity and severe we-ather, Minnesotans made sure their voices were heard," said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie in a news release. "While turnout in primaries is always lower than general elections, turnout exceeded all expectations and made this earlier primary a big success.

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