Council winners comment on election
Keith "Kip" Emerson won another term as Osakis mayor on Nov. 6 and Laura Backes was voted onto the Osakis City Council along with incumbent, Randy Anderson.
Another incumbent council member, Jim Snyder, finished third in the voting for the two positions that were up for election.
Emerson, who won his sixth term in office, said he was happy to win re-election.
"Hopefully, I guess voters are satisfied with the job I am doing," he said.
When asked about his priorities for his next term, Emerson listed attracting more businesses into the Industrial Park and trying to draw more people to Osakis in terms of housing and living quarters.
The city of Osakis is split into two precincts, one in Douglas County and the other in Todd County. Emerson carried both of them, winning 323 to 275 in Douglas County and eeking out a three-vote win in Todd County, 42 to 39.
Backes won handily, picking up 36 percent of the vote among the five candidates.
"I was very happy with the results and glad to have the opportunity to serve on the city council," she said. "I am excited to take on the challenge."
Backes and her husband, Jon, have owned Osakis True Value for 21 years. Supporters told her that they were glad she was running for office to bring a downtown business person's perspective to the council.
Backes said she has a lot of learning to do when she takes office in January.
"For the first couple of months I'll be observant of what's going on before jumping in and trying to recreate the wheel," she said, adding that the current council has been doing a great job.
Republican candidates fared well in districts that included the Osakis area.
In District 8B, incumbent Mary Franson, R-Alexandria defeated DFL challenger Gail Kulp, also of Alexandria, 62 to 38 percent. Franson received big support in Osakis, winning in the city with 372 votes to Kulp's 256 and carrying Osakis Township, 220 to 95.
In District 9A, Republican incumbent John Poston of Lake Shore handily defeated Alex Hering, DFL-Pillager, 52 to 33 percent.
District 9B Republican incumbent Ron Kresha of Little Falls also had a big win, defeating Stephen Browning, DFL-Little Falls, 72 to 28 percent.
Keith "Kip" Emerson 365 (winner)
Paul Hartmann 314
Osakis City Council, two positions
Laura Backes 428 (winner)
Randy Anderson, incumbent 267 (winner)
Jim Snyder, incumbent 197
Alan Larson 170
Joseph Nathe 136