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Sayre narrowly earns re-election

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Incumbent Stevens County Commissioner Larry Sayre narrowly won back his District 4 seat in Tuesday night's election, and Ron Staples defeated Craig Murphy in the race for the open District 3 seat.

Incumbents were returned to office in all Stevens County elections Tuesday, with Torrey Westrom winning the State House District 11A seat handily, Collin Peterson easily outdistancing Glen Menze in the 7th Congressional District race, and two county board incumbents retaining their seats.

In the Morris City Council race, incumbents Bill Storck and Matt Carrington were the top vote-getters for two open seats.

In District 4, the race came down to the final precincts counted early Wednesday morning, with Sayre collecting 553 votes to Donny Wohlers' 519.

In District 1, incumbent Paul Watzke ran unopposed and collected 812 votes. There were 19 write-in ballots cast.

In District 3, Staples, the son of a former county commissioner, earned 544 votes to Murphy's 442.

In the Morris City Council race, Bill Storck was the top vote-getter with 1,339, and Carrington won back his seat with 1,241 votes. Nathan Petersen finished third with 741 votes.

The Morris Area School Board has three new members joining incumbent Brent Fuhrman. Stan Wulf was the top vote-getter with 2,748 votes, followed by Fuhrman (2,671), James Solvie (2,411) and Dick Metzger (2,382).