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Johnson wins mock election in Park Rapids

The 12th grade American government class held a mock election Tuesday in the Park Rapids Area High School commons. The students' choice for governor of Minnesota was Republican nominee Jeff Johnson, not to be confused with the PRAHS principal by ...

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Kylee Pachel votes for governor of Minnesota during a mock election Tuesday at Park Rapids Area High School. Members of the 12th grade American government class staffing the polls are, from left, Shelby Leckner, Luke Dickinson, Nolan Pederson, Kole Gieseke and Kaleb Vang. (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

The 12th grade American government class held a mock election Tuesday in the Park Rapids Area High School commons.

The students' choice for governor of Minnesota was Republican nominee Jeff Johnson, not to be confused with the PRAHS principal by the same name.

Student Kinley Nordin said the purpose of the project was "to let us experience the vote before we get to vote in the real world."

According to social studies teacher Sandy Aldrich, 145 people voted in the mock election, including three write-in votes. There were five votes for Libertarian candidate Josh Welter, 12 for Grassroots Party candidate Chris Wright, 33 for DFL candidate Tim Walz and 91 votes for Johnson, as well as one spoiled ballot.

"We have not received the results from the statewide election yet," Aldrich noted.

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Asked whether her classmates seem interested in the election and the issues involved, Nordin said, "The issues definitely affect us. It's kind of half-half. Some are interested in it, and some just aren't."

Classmate Luke Dickinson said, "How we look at this stuff will affect our future generation."

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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