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Filings close forcing primary in one county commissioner district

Hubbard County commissioner Lyle Robinson will face a primary run-off Sept. 9.

Three candidates have filed to oppose the longtime county board member while fellow commissioner Dick Devine is running unopposed.

Robinson, who has served on the board since 1987, will face Cynthia McGrath from Akeley, Martin "Marty" Steffel, rural Nevis, and George M. Taylor Jr., Laporte.

Robinson represents Dist. 4, which includes Guthrie, Hart Lake, Hendrickson, Lakeport, Thorpe, Steamboat River, Mantrap and Akeley townships and the cities of Akeley and Laporte.

Only one incumbent of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is running against opposition.

Dist. 3 supervisor Duane Splittstoesser, Akeley, is being opposed by Lynden Nelson, Park Rapids.

Dist. 1 supervisor Don Rettinger, Bemidji, and Dist. 2 supervisor Carol Berg, Laporte, are both running unopposed.

In Becker County, Dale Lubitz, Frazee, filed for re-election in Dist. 5 and is being opposed by Anthony "Tony" Becker, Menahga.

Former Becker County commissioner Carolyn Engebretson, Rochert, and Joe Stenger, Detroit Lakes, have filed for SWCD supervisor in Dist. 2. The incumbent did not file.

SWCD candidates are elected countywide but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

Local House candidates were chosen at political party conventions last spring and earlier this summer with no primaries in those races, locally.

State Rep. Brita Sailer (DFL-Park Rapids) is seeking a third term from voters in House Dist. 2B, where she defeated Doug Lindgren, Bagley, after his first term in the House in 2004 and again when he tried to win it back in 2006.

Rep. Larry Howes (R-Walker) is seeking a sixth term. His DFL-endorsed challenger is Meg Bye from Loon Lake Township in southern Cass County.

In House Dist. 2A, Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) is seeking a fourth term. The Republican candidate is Steve Green from Fosston.

Judge Robert D. Tiffany of Park Rapids has filed for election. Tiffany was appointed to succeed Judge Jay D. Mondry who retired in the fall of 2006. Tiffany is running unopposed.

There also will be city and school board elections in November. The first day to file will be Aug. 26 and the last day to file will be Sept. 9.