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Former assessor, area FSA director advance to November ballot in Swift County’s District 2

BENSON  — Former Swift County employee Edward Pederson, of Benson, will be on the November ballot for the Swift County Board of Commissioners.

Pederson will face Benson Township resident Grant Herfindahl, Farm Service Agency executive director for Douglas and Pope counties, for the seat that represents north half of the city of Benson and Benson Township.

Incumbent Gary Klemm, of Benson, did not file for re-election.

Pederson received 138 votes in Tuesday’s primary and Herfindahl received 68 votes, according to unofficial results reported from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.

Nancy Loen, of Benson, received 21 votes.

Pederson was formerly employed by the county as an assessor. His contract was terminated after Pederson, in the fall of 2011, brought what was later found to be a non-functioning shotgun to the courthouse, according to the West Central Tribune archives.

The 12-gauge shotgun was cased, unloaded and badly damaged. Pederson said in a letter to the editor in Swift County newspapers that he had brought the non-functioning weapon along with him to work to get a co-worker’s opinion about whether it could be repaired.

Pederson paid a fine on a felony charge for possessing a dangerous weapon, but the charge was later dismissed as part of an agreement. A prosecutor called it an “error in judgment” that did not merit a felony conviction.

Pederson waged a last-minute write-in campaign against Klemm in 2012, but lost by just over 100 votes, according to Tribune archives..