Jake Pfeifer is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, which encompasses the Hastings Star Gazette, Farmington-Rosemount Independent Town Pages, South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin. He previously worked as a sports reporter and outdoors editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and as a multimedia artist/editor for Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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Update: 10:46 p.m. With all 13 precints reporting, unofficial results show Democrat John Huot winning Minnesota House District 57B with 11,208 votes. Republican incumbent Anna Wills had 10,377 votes. Update: 9:16 p.m. With 5 of 13 precincts reporting, Democrat John Huot leads with 3,978votes. Republican Anna Wills has received 3,296 votes. District 57B includes Rosemount, Coates and a northern portion of Apple Valley.
In complete but unofficial results, Republican incumbent Pat Garofalo received 10,945 votes (59.63 percent) in Minnesota House District 58B. Democratic challenger Marla Vagts received 7,391 votes (40.27 percent). Garofalo maintained a lead in the race throughout the night. With just under half of the precincts reporting, Garofalo led with 3,771 votes while Vagts had 2,318.
Marla Vagts Age: 55 Address: P.O. Box 402, Farmington Campaign online: www.marlavagts.com Education: Two-year certificate from Minnesota School of Business; accounting and data processing, employer-sponsored professional development Family: Five grown children and two grandchildren on the way Occupation: Contract negotiator, consultant Community involvement: Very engaged in local and regional issues: K-12 education, improved broadband, environment, public safety and health care. Also, very involved with dogs.
I currently serve as the state representative for our area. For the previous two legislative terms, I've had the honor of chairing the Job and Energy Committee. During my time at the Capitol, I have a track record of working with both political parties to cut taxes, eliminate wasteful government spending and increase funding for roads and bridges in our area. I am one of the few legislators to have been endorsed by both business groups and labor groups.
John Huot Age: 53 Address: 3636 143rd St. W, Rosemount Campaign online: www.huotforhouse.com Education: attended Winona State University; EMT certification; firefighter certification; licensed realtor Family: married to wife, Angela, for 26 years; three sons: Andrew, 23, Alex, 20, and Adam, 15. Occupation: Realtor, EMT Community involvement: former director of Rosemount Youth Football, sports official, Community Advisory Committee for Pine Bend Refinery, active at church (St. Thomas Beckett)
Anna Willis Age: 34 Address: P.O. Box 341, Rosemount Campaign online: www.willsforhouse.com Education: Attended University of Northwestern, St. Paul Family: Husband Rob and three young children: Gideon, Shalom and Solomon Occupation: Legislator Community involvement: Active member of the Apple Valley Chamber and Dakota County Regional Chamber What experience and talents would you bring to public office?
Journalism is not a career path that I expected to be on when I graduated high school and ventured out to college. Back then I expected my initial college major of website design to be my future or possibly running my parents' resort and campground in northern Minnesota when they retired. However, the more I tried to make those options into careers, I realized they just weren't for me. I ended up getting a second college degree, this time in international relations, and in the midst of that, got my first "real" job with a newspaper.
Minnesota and Wisconsin are home to the largest population of nesting eagles in the United States outside of Alaska. That is why, if you take a stroll along the Mississippi River near Red Wing, you are bound to see the national bird. "The state of Minnesota alone has about 700 breeding areas," Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Brittany Hauser said. "A lot of those areas are along the Mississippi River valley which serves as a migration corridor for them."
What better way to spend a spring day than a day-long celebration at one of the region's largest literary festivals and book fair. After strong attendee feedback from its inaugural event, the second annual Writers Festival and Book Fair will be back from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. The event has two primary components: a book fair and a series of workshops.
The daily band lineups have been announced for the fourth annual Northern Invasion, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, at Somerset Amphitheater. Northern Invasion 2018 will be bigger and better than ever with over 12 hours of music per day on three stages — headlined by Tool and Avenged Sevenfold — as well as a top tier camping experience. The Northern Invasion Good Eats area includes food offerings from top regional and national restaurants and vendors. The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Northern Invasion is as follows: