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Howe's fundraising soars past DFL contenders

A personal $45,000 loan to his campaign has stuffed Red Wing Mayor John Howe's war chest, while two Democrats seeking to challenge him in the Senate District 28 race were sitting on less than $1,000 apiece as of last week.

Howe, a Republican, had $46,614 on hand as of July 19 - the end of the first reporting period for political candidates, according to state Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board reports released Tuesday. Howe's total receipts since Jan. 1 were $58,556.

His leading challenger, DFL-endorsed candidate Joe Fricke, listed his total receipts at $4,242.

Fricke squares off in the Aug. 10 primary against Lewiston Altura School District Supt. Bruce Montplaisir. As of last week, Montplaisir's two campaign contributions comprised a personal $1,000 cash payment and a $20 contribution collected at the June 22 district endorsing convention.

Fricke's ending cash balance as of July 19 was $542. Montplaisir's had $235 in remaining funds.

Apart from the personal loan, Howe raised $13,530 in contributions.

See more on the story in Saturday's print edition.