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Council winners comment on election

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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.

State representatives

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.

Election results

Osakis mayor

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

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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