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Voter turnout low in Carlton County

The primary election held on Tuesday showed a low turnout of voters in Carlton County. From the 19,767 registered voters in the county, only 3,987 ballots were cast — meaning roughly 20 percent of eligible voters bothered to vote.

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Although the primaries had an expected lack of activity, the general election in November will most likely show a large increase in voters.

Along with local and state political races, the vote to renovate the Barnum High School with a new addition and improved energy-efficient measures was also on Tuesday’s ballot.

While 343 people voted for the renovations, 67 percent (709 people) voted against it.

However, school district officials remain optimistic.

“We appreciate the thoughtful decision from the community, and although it was disappointing, it was their decision to make,” said David Bottem, superintendent of the Barnum School District. “One way to look at it is instead of getting the whole apple, now we just have to take a bite at a time. The school is doing fine, the community is doing fine. This was a setback, but we will continue to move forward.”

For each of the candidate races, the top two vote-getters will continue on to the general election in November. The 2014 local primary race results are listed below (The top two candidates are in bold):

COUNTY COMMISSIONER - DISTRICT 4

Suzan Zmyslony: 431 votes, 30.74 percent of votes

Mark Thell: 358 votes, 25.61 percent of votes

Terry Lund: 327 votes, 23.32 percent of votes

Paul Mickelson: 158 votes, 11.27 percent of votes

Pat Oman: 127 votes, 9.06 percent of votes

MAYOR - CITY OF CLOQUET

Dave Hallback: 534 votes, 52.10 percent of votes

Bruce Ahlgren: 388 votes, 37.85 percent of votes

Mark Goad: 103 votes, 10.05 percent of votes

COUNCIL MEMBER - CITY OF CLOQUET WARD 1

David Manderfeld: 120 votes, 44.61percent of votes

Jeff Rock: 87 votes, 32.34 percent of votes

Dustin Mason: 62 votes, 23.05 percent of votes

QUESTION NO. 91 (BARNUM SCHOOL DISTRICT)

No: 709 votes, 67.40 percent of votes

Yes: 343 votes, 32.60 percent of votes

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