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It's Harsdorf again for District 10

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf beams Tuesday after receiving a round of applause from fellow Republicans after early vote totals are announced during a rally at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. (RiverTown Multimedia photo by Mike Longaecker)

Republican State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf continued her winning streak — which dates back to 1988 — with a win over Democratic Challenger Diane Odeen, for Wisconsin's 10th District.

Odeen serves on the River Falls City Council.

Harsdorf won by a wide margin, taking 66 percent of all votes. However, Odeen carried the vote in River Falls, receiving a total of 1,277 votes, while Harsdorf received 912, according to preliminary election results.

Election workers are reporting an approximately 86 percent voter turnout.

In a statement released Tuesday night, Harsdorf thanked her supporters.

"I would like to thank the voters of the 10th Senate District for their support and for allowing me to continue to serve them in the state Senate. I have enjoyed traveling the district and visiting with people at various community events and meetings," she said. "I am proud of the issue-based campaign that we have run and I am grateful for the many supporters who put in time and effort on our behalf.

"It is truly an honor representing the residents of this district and I look forward to continued input from constituents as we work to address issues that are affecting individuals, families and communities."

Harsdorf moved to River Falls in 1970. The former dairy served on the Assembly from 1988 to 1998. She was first elected to the Senate in 2000.

She is an active member of Luther Memorial Church in River Falls and is a past board member of the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust Board and Wisconsin Conservation Corps Board, as well as a former president of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Sponsors Board.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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