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All but one of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidates for statewide office have maintained a fundraising edge in the 2022 campaign.
The court backed a court-appointed referee who determined state Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Alexandria, lives within the boundaries of the new Senate District 12 and meets the residency requirements for the 2022 general election.
The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed a Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that the upper reaches of Limbo Creek in Renville County is a public water, and an environmental assessment is required before a proposed drainage project can be considered.
The Kandiyohi County Board interviewed the three finalists Tuesday for the county administrator position. In a unanimous vote they will offer the position to Kelsey Baker, the current county administrator of Swift County. Current Kandiyohi County administrator Larry Kleindl is set to retire in February.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning on investing more than $500 million into District 8, which includes Kandiyohi County and 11 other southwest Minnesota counties, over the next 10 years. This will include major projects on state Highway 23, state Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 71 in Kandiyohi County.
Guthmann had presided over the lawsuit Feeding Our Future filed against the Education Department in 2020. The lawsuit alleged the Minnesota agency was delaying approval of meal sites.

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The statewide office doesn’t always grab headlines in an election year, and the work of the auditor is often not as political or high-profile as other offices says Julie Blaha, a DFLer who is running for her second term in the office.
Gov. Tim Walz said his 15-year-old son, who attends high school in Mankato, Minnesota, came home traumatized after police responded to a fake call reporting an active shooter at the school Wednesday.
While metro races will be front and center in the contest for the House, other Greater Minnesota regions could make a big difference in the Senate, where Democrats hold 31 seats. Historic Democratic strongholds in northeast Minnesota’s Iron Range appear to be leaning more toward Republicans, and population centers like Rochester have started to lean more Democratic as they grow and change demographically.

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