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Jacobson and Agre to face off in Renville County's District 5 race

OLIVIA -- A sheriff and a lifelong farmer will square off to represent Renville County's western-most district on the Board of Commissioners.

Voters in Renville County's District 5 gave the nod to Lamont Jacobson, who operated a dairy for 32 years, and current Sheriff Jerry Agre to advance to the general election.

Jacobson led the way with 401 or 28.79 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary, according to unofficial results from the Renville County auditor/treasurer's office. Agre followed with 387 votes, or 27.78 percent of the vote.

First-time candidates Pat Buschette followed with 225 votes, or 16.15 percent of the total. Gary Wertish collected 199 votes or 14.29 percent of the total, and Gerald Mulder had 181 or 12.99 percent of the total.

The candidates are seeking to succeed Gale Dahlager of Sacred Heart.

Dahlager is retiring after serving 24 years as the commissioner for the district.

Agre is serving as sheriff, a post he's held for 18 years. He has 32 years of law enforcement experience in the county.

Jacobson has scaled back his farming operation and said he is interested in serving the county.

The district includes portions of Crooks, Emmet, Ericson, Hawk Creek, Sacred Heart and Wang townships as well as the communities of Renville and Sacred Heart.

Voter turnout in the county was 29 percent, according to the auditor/treasurer's office, with 2,645 ballots cast 9,092 registered voters.