Election Results: Pine City To Get New Auditorium, Faust Likely To Face Wiener In 11B,

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 6:26 am

The results are in from Tuesdays primaries, and we’ve got them for here on redrockonair.com.

HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM: First off, the referendum for the new high school auditorium at Pine City High School passed 53.4 percent to 46.5 percent.

The referendum asked voters to decide on whether or not to allow a $5.7 million dollar expenditure and clearly stated that this would raise taxes. In the end, over two thousand people voted on the measure and 139 votes separated the Yes’ from the No’s.

Again, the Pine City High School Auditorium measure passed yesterday meaning that Pine City High School will receive a new auditorium.

DISTRICT 11B RACES: These aren’t final yet as not all of the votes have been counted. Kanabec County is reporting problems with their voting machines. As far as the races for state representative in District 11B, the closest race is on the republican side. Ben Wiener is currently ahead for the republican nomination barely on top of Pine County Commissioner Mitch Pangerl by just 17 votes. With just under 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Wiener garnered 923 votes and Pangerl got 906. Sources have told us that the districts not reporting are strongholds for Wiener, but right now Wiener leads by less than one percent.

It’s pretty safe to say who the Democratic nominee will be though as voters turned out big for Tim Faust. The former representative is currently beat Pine City Planner Nathan Johnson by a fairly wide margin of 19 percent. That lead looks to be insurmountable. Faust currently has 1137 votes cast in favor of him, while Johnson just 785 votes; that’s a margin of 352 votes in favor of Faust with about 80 percent of precincts reporting.

So this fall, it looks like it will be republican Ben Wiener against democrat Tim Faust for the District 11B seat, unless Mitch Pangerl can mount a comeback in precincts not believed to be his strongholds. We’ll let you know when the final votes are counted.

UPDATE: MPR is reporting that Wiener has won.

CHISAGO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RACES: In Chisago county, two races were drawing interest, both for County Commissioner seats. For District 1, Darrel Trulson came out on top with 43 percent of the vote while Lora Walker was second with 39 percent of the vote and Lyle Johnson took third with just under 17 percent of the vote.

The County Commissioner for Chisago county in District 2 was a race that incumbent Mike Robinson really ran away with. Robinson grabbed 63 percent of the vote and his nearest challenger just 17 percent.

US REPRESENTATIVE: For US Representative on the democratic side, Rick Nolan will have the challenge of taking down Chip Cravaack. Nolan defeated challengers Terryl Clark and Jeff Anderson in a fairly tight race. Nolan led with almost 39percent of the vote; Clark came in second with 31 percent, and Anderson in third with 29 percent.

Rick Nolan will now face Chip Cravaack for the Congressional seat in district 8 this fall.

WISCONSIN SENATE:  The race everyone was focused on was the republican nomination for the US Senate seat vacated by Herb Kohl. Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thomson will receive the backing of the republicans as he defeated Eric Hovde, Mark Neumann, and Jeff Fitzgerald. Thomson just edged business man Eric Hovde by three percent with Neumann coming in third. Fitzgerald was a distant fourth; a sign Wisconsin voters didn’t agree with some of his involvement in the controversial union move made by Gov. Scott Walker last year.



  1. Pine Citian 08/16/12 at 3:39pm

    Yawn! ZZzzz.. When will Pine City get behind a candidate who runs from here? It has been 36 years since we have had a representative from here. That must not have mattered to voters though because neither Mitch nor Nathan carried the vote in Pine City despite both being hometown boys. Oh well, maybe the community doesn’t care whether it has any political clout!?

  2. Indeed 08/17/12 at 7:15am

    As a voter, it doesn’t matter to me where a person is from, as they may have different views than I do on politics. I’m voting strictly on the candidates stances and views, and hoping that we can have people that represent the district rather than their party. To me it appeared that Mitch was too interested in standing on the Republican platform than standing for the district. We need someone who is intrinsically aware of the issues this district faces.

    Also from my perspective, having sent emails to our representative regarding issues affecting East Central Minnesota and the entire state and then getting an email back that was degrading and condescending, it showed a lack of collaboration and consideration to opposing views.

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