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A recount is possible in the race to fill two open seats in North Dakota House District 24. In complete but unofficial results from Tuesday's election, Democrat Naomi Muscha, 58, of Enderlin, received 26.11 percent, or 3,254 votes, followed by Republican Dwight Kiefert, 55, of Valley City, with 26.09 percent, or 3,252 votes. Democrat Sharon Buhr, 66, of Valley City, trails with 25.65 percent, or 3,197 votes, just 55 votes behind Kiefert. It appears that a 0.44 to 0.46 percent margin between the three would trigger an automatic recount.
MOORHEAD - With 57 of 57 precincts reporting in complete but unofficial results, several city and county races in Clay County appear decided. In the race for two open seats on the Hawley City Council, Stacy Riedberger won re-election with 32 percent, or 491 votes. Challenger Benjamin Gunkelman received 35 percent, or 534 votes, to oust incumbent C.J. Holl, who received 32 percent, or 483 votes. In the race for Glyndon City Council, voters re-elected incumbent Chris Jensen with 37 percent of the vote. Also elected was Joe Olson with 34 percent over fellow challenger Kimberly S.
Only 55 votes separated the top three vote-getters in the race to fill two open seats in North Dakota's District 24 House race. In complete but unofficial results, Democrat Naomi Muscha, 58, of Enderlin, received 26.11 percent, or 3,254 votes, followed by Republican Dwight Kiefert, 55, of Valley City, with 26.09 percent, or 3,252 votes. Democrat Sharon Buhr, 66, of Valley City, trails with 25.65 percent, or 3,197 votes, just 55 votes behind Kiefert.
MOORHEAD - Voters in rural Clay County took to the polls to decide a number of city and county races Tuesday. Seeking to fill two seats on the Hawley City Council were incumbents Stacy Riedberger and C.J. Holl and challenger Benjamin Gunkelman. With complete but unofficial numbers: Gunkelman led with 35 percent, followed by Riedberger with 32.2 percent and Holl with 31.7 percent.
FARGO - Rob Swiers describes himself as someone who has a "heart for those who are hurting." That empathy has served him well throughout his career working for nonprofits such as the Ronald McDonald House and Hospice of the Red River Valley before joining the New Life Crisis Center two and a half years ago. Swiers recently talked about his role as assistant director of the adult men's-only shelter in Fargo and shared some of his concerns for the coming winter. Q. What is your role at the shelter? Mainly my focus is the internal operations of the organization. ...
WEST FARGO - High Point Networks, a provider of voice and data network solutions, will break ground today on a new 24,000-square-foot facility at 728 E. Beaton Drive in West Fargo. The ceremony will begin at 4 and include words from Claudia Greenley of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern and High Point Networks President and CEO Tom McDougall. A social will follow. The company was formed in 2003 when McDougall purchased a Minneapolis technology firm he helped establish in the Fargo area.
FARGO - In honor of 75 years in business, Conlin's Furniture has pledged to donate $5,000 to Women's Way of North Dakota and $5,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. According to Russ Volk, store manager of the Fargo store, the company wanted to celebrate its momentous anniversary by giving back to the community. In addition to the corporate pledge, store employees have been selling pink bracelets with inspirational messages in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds will be donated to local Women's Way chapters or directly to Susan G.
MSUM NEWS: Nathaniel Sand, son of Michael and Linda Sand, has been awarded an $8,000 President's Honor Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Recipients must rank in the top 5 percent of their high school class and score 28 or above on the ACT exam. The 31st annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award banquet was recently held at MSUM. The 2012 L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award was presented to Tammy Miller, CEO of Border States Electric. Miller earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in business administration at MSUM.
FARGO - The 13th annual RDO Caters Taters for Charity to benefit Special Olympics North Dakota is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Doublewood Inn. For $6, attendees will receive a one-pound baked potato, or "pound-tato," with the choice of toppings such as chili, broccoli and cheese, salsa, bacon bits and sour cream. A beverage and dessert are also included. Tickets will be available at the door for both dine-in and takeout meals. The fundraiser was established in 2000 after R.D. Offutt Co.
FARGO - Shoppers have until Oct. 31 to pick up pumpkins and other fall produce at the Veggie Barn on South University Drive before the business closes for the season. Co-owner Amanda Schlenker of Fargo recently talked about organic farming and what she enjoys about operating a summer produce stand. How long has Veggie Barn been in business? This is the fourth year that we've been doing the stand. The actual location is called Veggie Barn, but the business name is Lady Bug Acres because we use lady bugs as our pest control method.