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AUKES WINS; Dearstyne, Grell, Larson elected; PR school levy wins; Nevis levy defeated

Cory Aukes outspent incumbent Sheriff Frank Homer by about $5,000 to win the race. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

There's a new sheriff in town.

Sgt. Cory Aukes unseated Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer by 500 votes Tuesday evening in a race where expenditures topped $40,000.

"I'm overwhelmed right now," Aukes said at midnight.

He said he would work with Homer the next two months to ensure a smooth transition into office when he assumes it Jan. 4, 2011.

Aukes garnered 5,021 votes to Homer's 4,534.

In the District 1 commission race, challenger Kathy Grell unseated incumbent Don Carlson, who was seeking a second term.

"I'm thrilled to be working for Hubbard County," Grell said. She received 1,157 votes to Carlson's 996.

Hubbard County Attorney Don Dearstyne easily won a second term, defeating attorney Nathaniel Welte 5,622 to 3,586 votes.

Due to technical glitches, the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office could not record any Hubbard County votes electronically, so the Enterprise got vote totals by telephone.

"It was their problem, not ours, said a frustrated auditor Pam Heeren.

The school district levy for Park Rapids appeared to have passed based on Hubbard County votes while Nevis' levy was overwhelmingly voted down.

Hubbard County voters approved extending the Park Rapids Dist 309 levy by 2,561 yes votes to 2,087 no votes. Heeren said although the district also has some Becker County voters, she doubted there would be enough to swing the vote totals.

In Nevis, 790 no votes defeated the levy measure against 455 yes votes.

Dist. 3 commissioner Greg Larson gained a second term on the Hubbard County board, defeating challenger Floyd Frank 1,066 to 857.

Homer could not be reached for comment.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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