Around Cook County
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a WTIP volunteer producer, you’re welcome to stop by the station for more information on Wednesday evenings through October. WTIP volunteer Tracy Benson spoke with Patrick Knight and Deb Benedict on North Shore Morning.
Normally the flu vaccine is over 50 percent effective. Last year it was only 13 percent effective. This year should be different and getting your flu shot is highly recommended. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke Sawtooth Mountain Clinic nurse Amy Marie Schmidt.
Koochiching County Commissioner Rob Ecklund won the DFL Party primary for Minnesota House 3A. Ecklund won with 43.71 percent of the vote, or 3,083 votes.
Tofte businessman Bill Hansen won the Cook County vote. Hansen was the second highest vote-getter with 37.39 percent, or 2,637 votes.
International Falls businessman Eric Johnson and Ely city council member Heidi Omerza were far behind the frontrunners, but close together in their totals -- 678 and 655 votes respectively.
Former Ely mayor and sole Republican candidate Roger Skraba will face Ecklund and independent candidate Kelsey Johnson in the December 8 special election for the House 3A seat, vacated by the recent death of Rep. David Dill.
According to the Minnesota Secretary of State Office at 10:32 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, with 100 percent of the House 3A precincts counted, Rob Ecklund of International Falls has won the Democratic-Farm-Labor Party primary for Minnesota House 3A. Ecklund won the slot on the general election ballot with 43.73 percent of the vote, or 3,079 votes.
At 10:15 p.m., with most of the Cook County precincts counted, it was clear that Cook County’s Bill Hansen won the local vote. However, across the district, Ecklund won out. Hansen was the second highest vote-getter with 37.35 percent of the primary vote, with 2,630. The Lutsen and Maple Hill precincts are pending.
Eric Johnson of International Falls and Heidi Omerza were neck and neck in the race, with 677 and 655 votes respectively. Johnson claimed 9.62 percent of the vote and Omerza 9.30 percent.
Roger Skraba, the lone Republican candidate in the primary, earned 576 votes. Skraba will face Ecklund and independent candidate Kelsey Johnson in the December 8 general election for the House 3A seat.
The special election is necessary to fill the House 3A seat formerly held by Representative David Dill, who passed away August 8.
Voters in Minnesota House District 3A are heading to the polls today to determine which candidate will move on to the general election in December 2015.
Anyone who has not mailed his or her ballot may hand-deliver it until 8 p.m. today, September 29.
Whether you want to show support for the lone Republican candidate, Roger Skraba of Ely or if you want a say on which DFL candidate continues in the race, now is the time to cast your ballot and participate in the process. On the DFL ticket is Rob Ecklund, Bill Hansen, Eric Johnson and Heidi Omerza.
An evening of games, raffles, prizes and dinner are part of the Sportsmen’s Banquet on October 10. WTIP volunteer Mary Manning spoke with banquet coordinator Stephanie Radloff on North Shore Morning.
The event is October 10 at the Cook County Community Center in Grand Marais. Doors open at 4:30 pm. More information and reservations with Stephanie at 387-3151.