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West central Minnesota legislative districts see changes after redistricting maps released

The new Minnesota legislative districts were released on Tuesday and there were some changes in west central Minnesota. For one, what was District 17 is now District 16. District 16B (formerly 17B) includes all of Willmar along with the northern half and southwest quarter of Kandiyohi County. The southeast quarter, including Lake Lillian and Cosmos, belong to 16A. District 16 no longer includes Swift County, but did pick up all of Renville County.

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Voters in the region will have to get used to a new legislative district as most of what was District 17 has been changed to District 16 with some changes.
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WILLMAR — Voters across the region will need to relearn their legislative districts after the new maps were released Tuesday.

To evenly distribute the state's population after the 2020 census, the state's eight congressional districts, 67 Minnesota Senate and 134 Minnesota House districts had to be redrawn. A city or county that was in one district Monday might have found itself in a completely new one on Tuesday.

The region saw changes in both the Minnesota Senate and House districts.

Each Senate district in Minnesota, designated by a number, is made up of two House districts that are designated by the same number with an A or B.

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The maps will set the new boundaries for Minnesota's eight Congressional districts, 67 Senate districts and 134 House districts, and will be in effect for the 2022 elections.
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The western expansion of the district means the White Earth Band and Red Lake Nation join five other Anishinaabe bands' reservations already in the district.

Most of what was Senate District 17 is now District 16 — which includes all of Kandiyohi, Chippewa and Renville counties, including the townships of Birch Cooley and Beaver Falls and the city of Morton. Also added to the district was the western half and a portion of north central Meeker County, including the cities of Litchfield, Cosmos and Watkins.

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At the House level, District 16A will represent all of Chippewa and Renville counties, the portion of Meeker County within the new Senate District 16 and the southeastern corner of Kandiyohi County, including the city of Lake Lillian and the townships of Lake Lillian, East Lake Lillian, Lake Elizabeth and Fahlun.

House District 16B covers the rest of Kandiyohi County, including the cities of Willmar, New London, Spicer, Prinsburg, Atwater, Kandiyohi and Raymond.

The northeastern corner of Meeker, with the city of Kingston, is part of Senate District 29 and House District 29A. Portions of central and southeast Meeker County, including the cities of Darwin and Dassel along with the area around Forest City, are part of Senate District 17 and House District 17A.

All of Swift County has now been placed in Senate District 12. Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine, Lyon, Redwood, Brown and a portion of Blue Earth counties make up District 15. The city of Paynesville is now in Senate District 13 and House District 13A.

Every representative and senator is up for election this year due to the redistricting.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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