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30 years back: Election headlines for Goodhue County

As Election Day 2018 nears, the Republican-Eagle looks back 30 years to see what were some of the top headlines in Goodhue County.

Sheriff, City Council and County Board races show up, and a look back a former Red Wing mayor turned lieutenant governor.


Nov. 5, 2014: Jason Majerus and Brad Anderson both won spots on the Goodhue County Board after defeating as incumbent and filling a seat held by a retiring commissioner for two decades. Majerus defeated Jim Bryant 2,133-1,788. Majerus had never run for elected office before. Anderson, taking over the commissioner spot held by Richard Samuelson, defeated Nora Bryson Felton 2,145-1,416.

Majerus and Anderson are both seeking re-election and are unopposed in the 2018 election.


Nov. 3, 2010: Goodhue County Chief Deputy Scott McNurlin wins his first term as sheriff, defeating Red Wing police officer Marty Kelly. McNurlin won 9,918-8,740, carrying 53 percent of the vote.

McNurlin would retire in August 2018 from that position, with Kelly running again — this time against Goodhue County Patrol Cmdr. Paul Gielau.


Nov. 8, 2006: Carol Duff and Mike Schultz won seats on the Red Wing City Council, while incumbents Dean Hove and Jerry Cook retained their positions. The council races were close for Cook and Duff, who won by margins of 125 and 71 votes, respectfully. Hove would go on to win a second term in 2010. Hove also won in 2014 and is currently seeking re-election. His challenger is Stephanie Elsen.


Nov. 6, 2002: Steve Murphy survives redrawn boundaries, is elected to third term in state Senate over former Goodhue County Commissioner Gary Iocco. Murphy won 17,369-15,737. Murphy served as the representative for the 28th District from 1993 until January 2011, announcing that he would not seek a sixth term in 2010.


Nov. 4, 1998: Dean Albers defeats Doug Klatt to replace retiring Goodhue County Sheriff Forest Wipperling. Albers would capture nearly 55 percent of the vote, defeating Klatt 10,72008,779. Both were Sheriff's Office employees.

While Albers and his group had been optimistic of his victory, Albers said in an article titled, "Klatt falls by 2,000 ballots," that "the nature of being a cop is you don't assume anything. You demand proof." At 4 a.m., Albers got the evidence he needed. Albers would serve as sheriff from 1999-2011.


Nov. 9, 1994: Richard Samuelson and Marlin Benrud win in Districts 2 and 4. Samuelson, a Cannon Falls Township dairy farmer, won by a wide margin over Glenn Weibel, 2,110-882. Benrud, a semi-retired businessman and farmer, defeated Gladys Savage by a much smaller margin, 1,831-1,549. Samuelson would serve as a commissioner until 2014, when he decided not to seek re-election, while Benrud would serve just one-term; he lost his re-election campaign to Jim Bryant in 1998.


Nov. 7, 1990: Red Wing Mayor Joanell Dyrstad becomes lieutenant governor. Dyrstad served as mayor of Red Wing from 1985 to becoming Arne Carlson's running mate. The two lost in the primary election but suddenly found themselves leading the Republican ticket after scandal derailed Jon Grunseth's campaign.

In an article titled "Dyrstad ready for new set of challenges," Dyrstad said on becoming lieutenant governor, "I'm really ecstatic. I'm very, very pleased. I will miss being mayor. I really enjoyed it. It was a wonderful position to be in."


Nov. 5, 1986: Forest Wipperling, former Red Wing chief of police, wins his first term as Goodhue County sheriff 8,918-5,754 over Bill Kelm, the chief deputy. Wipperling would go on to serve as sheriff until 1999, when he retired. In an article titled "Loss didn't make Kelm a defeated man," Kelm said, "It looks like the voters have made their choice. So be it. I'm sure Forest will be a good leader for the sheriff's department. My congratulations to him."

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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