The voting pace is beginning to pick up across west central Minnesota this afternoon. After slow voter turnout early in the morning, voters started showing up in larger numbers by late morning in the region.
The only trouble reported in west central Minnesota so far was a bomb threat which required a building evacuation Tuesday morning at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Canby, as well as a polling place located there.
The bomb threat was discovered around 11:24 a.m. when two female students discovered the words "bomb in school'' scrawled in pen on a bathroom stall door in the Main Administrative Building.
No bomb was found, and Canby Police and the Yellow Medicine Sheriff's Department are seeking information on who may be responsible.
More than 330 ballots had been cast by 2:30 p.m. today in Ward 1 polling station at Ridgewater College in Willmar.
More than 630 ballots had been cast as of 2 p.m. today in Ward 1 in Granite Falls.
As of 1:15 p.m. today, nearly 300 individuals had voted at the City Auditorium in Willmar.
Voter turnout was brisk late Tuesday morning with more than 300 votes cast by 11: 15 a.m. in precinct voting at Redeemer Lutheran Church in southeast Willmar.
Update Noon: Voting beginning to pick up across Kandiyohi County
Tribune staff Carolyn Lange reports that 85 of 750 register voters had voted by 8 a.m. at Lake Andrew townhall in rural Kandiyohi County. Lange tweeted "Election judge saw me coming out the window and had the ledger open to my page by time I got there. Love voting in farm country."
At the polling station at Willmar City Auditorium, only 60 people had voted by 8 a.m., with half of those voting shortly after the voting opened at 7 a.m.
At the polling station at Willmar Senior Center, 129 ballots had been cast as of 8:30 a.m.
Tribune staffer Gretchen Schlosser reports that more than 130 voters had voted by 10:30 a.m. at the Precinct 2 Ward 2 polling station at Vinje Church in Willmar. She tweeted "Many in my neighborhood vote early to avoid the disenfranchisement by the lutefisk smell" that originates as part of Vinje's Election Day Lutefisk Dinner.
West Central Tribune staffer Dan Burdett reported his wife noted that more than 200 voters had voted by 11 a.m. at a Ward 4 Willmar polling station.