Election results from around the area

WORTHINGTON - It will be business as usual for the Worthington City Council after Tuesday's election. Mayor Mike Kuhle retained his seat, earning 1,405 votes against Alan Oberloh's 946 votes and Benjamin Weber's 1,031. In Ward 1, incumbent Larry Janssen triumphed over former councilman Rod Sankey and Chris Kielblock, earning 561 votes against their respective 237 and 378. In Ward 2, Mike Harmon earned 1,060 votes over Ryan Weber's 883.

The question regarding a Local Option Sales Tax moved forward overwhelmingly, with 2,175 yes votes to the 1,094 votes. The next step isto get legislative approval.The Worthington District 518 seats will go to Mike Harberts, Lori Dudley and Adam Blume.

Other notable area races include Joyce Jacobs earning the Auditor/Treasurer seat, and Thelma Yager the Recorder spot.

In Murray County, Sheriff Steve Telkamp won out over Paul Kenney with 55 percent of the votes, while in commissioner district 1, Dennis Welgraven earned 502 votes to Sarah Rylaarsdam's 218.

In Cottonwood County, commissioner district 1 went to Larry Anderson over Jim Schmidt, while Jason Purrington held on to his Sheriff seat with 70 percent of the votes over Justin Derickson.

In Jackson County, incumbent Sheriff Shawn Haken prevailed over Will Murray by just over 77 percent, and in commissioner district 4, Phil Nasby took the seat with just under 62 percent.

MINNESOTA - DFLer Tim Walz will be Minnesota's next governor.

Walz, a U.S. House from southern Minnesota, jumped out to an early election night lead over Republican Jeff Johnson and never looked back.

During their campaigns for governor, Walz and Johnson offered starkly different visions for Minnesota on everything from health care to taxes to cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

Walz gives Democrats a crucial seat at the table when new political district maps are drawn after the 2020 census, an exercise crucial to elections for the decade to follow. Both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature are on the ballot in two years.

DFL U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith spent much of the fall campaign season leading their Republican opponents and both prevailed in Tuesday's election.

Klobuchar easily won re-election Tuesday night, beating Republican state Rep. Jim Newberger. Smith's race against Republican state Sen. Karin Housley was closer, but ultimately voters chose to return Smith as well.

Democrat Keith Ellison came out on top Tuesday in the race to be Minnesota's next attorney general following a contentious race where both candidates had to respond to questions about their past. With about 82 percent of precincts reporting, Ellison had about 50 percent of the vote to about 45 percent for Wardlow.

Ellison will be the latest in a long line of DFL attorneys general. 

Republican Jim Hagedorn was the winner of a close race in the First Congressional District, beating DFLer Dan Feehan by 1,466 votes. In Congressional District 7, Collin Hughes retained the hold on his seat over Dave Hughes with 52 percent of the vote.

Republicans held their seats in the southwest Minnesota House elections, with Joe Schomacker defeating Maxwell Kaufman in District 22A and Rod Hamilton defeating Cheniqua Johnson in 22B.

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