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Comprehensive look at Northland mayoral, city election results
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Results of mayoral and other city elections from around the Northland:

Babbitt

Bernice Norregaard defeated incumbent Mayor Glenn Anderson, 514 votes to 327.

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Buhl

Mayor Craig Pulford won re-election, defeating Chris Primeau 287 votes to 204.

Ely

Challenger Ross Peterson easily ousted incumbent Mayor Roger Skraba, 1088 votes to 690.

Floodwood

Mayor Jeffrey Kletscher won re-election over challenger Troy Thompson, 161 votes to 60.

Gilbert

Michael Skenzich defeated Tom Nemanick 574 votes to 390 in the mayor's race.

Grand Marais

Incumbent Mayor Larry "Bear" Carlson defeated Adam Harju 474 votes to 282.

Hermantown

Hermantown residents appeared to narrowly approve a measure to increase the city sales tax from one-half percent to one-percent. With all precincts reporting, the measure had 2,451 yes votes to 2,439 no votes.

In a race for two City Councuil seats, Darlene Koski and John Geissler were the top vote-getters.

Hoyt Lakes

Challenger Mark Skelton easily defeated incumbent Mayor Marlene Pospeck, 875 votes to 343.

International Falls

Incumbent Mayor Bob Anderson defeated Paul Eklund 1,704 votes to 1,153.

Silver Bay

Joanne Johnson edged out incumbent Silver Bay Mayor Scott Johnson, 498 votes to 465. Curt Anderson finished third with 123 votes.

Two Harbors

Incumbent Mayor Randy Bolen held off a challenge by Mary Henjum Rosati, 1,410 votes to 616.

For a City Council At Large seat, incumbent Richard Rosati garnered 760 votes, but write-in votes for that seat totaled 1,002. Former Mayor Robin Glaser had been running as a declared write-in candidate; it was not immediately clear how many of the write-in votes Glaser received.

School-related elections around the Northland

Voters in Proctor and Esko school districts said yes to school and grounds improvements in Tuesday's election.

In Proctor, where the district asked voters to weigh in on a bond referendum allowing it to borrow $7.9 million to demolish the front portion of the K-5 Bay View Elementary and rebuild it, and add a three-story, 16-classroom addition to the back of the building, about 60 percent of voters approved the measure.

Approval means extending the life of existing debt until 2030 instead of letting it expire in 2023. Property taxpayers will see no increase in their annual bills; they will just pay off debt longer.

"We're so encouraged by the show of support the community gave," said Superintendent John Engelking. "Some areas of our district were really pro and some were really close."

He said plans are ready, and he'd be calling an architect today to put things in motion. Construction is expected to begin in the spring. The project is the final piece to a facilities plan Proctor began several years ago.

Once Bay View is finished, Engelking said, "We'll be in very good shape. We're so happy."

ESKO SCHOOL DISTRICT

Esko voters approved two issues for their district,

Question 1 was for an operating levy that will boost spending by $341 per pupil. The district currently doesn't have an operating levy. It will allow the district to maintain class sizes and restore industrial technology. The measure was approved by nearly 62 percent of voters.

Voters also were asked by the district to allow it to borrow $2.7 million for new soccer and football fields, bleacher seating, lights and concession stands. The June flooding caused damage to the fields beyond what it already faced with condemned bleachers and broken lights. That measure drew support from more than 58 percent of voters.

The owner of a $150,000 home in Esko will pay an additional $106.44 per year for the operating levy and additional $34.92 per year for the facilities borrowing.

"We are excited the community stepped forward," Superintendent Aaron Fischer said. "The kids in Esko are really going to benefit. I understand in difficult times it's hard to do any raising of taxes, but it looks like (residents) came forward. We will be a good steward with the money."

In a five-way race for three seats on the Esko School Board, Jeff Salo (1,533) and Rick Liljegren (1,378) claimed the top two vote totals.

Julian "Bert" Bertogliat (1,028) held the third seat by just three votes over Jerry Frederick (1,025) and 16 votes over Brandon Crotteau (1,012), with all precincts reporting.

HERMANTOWN SCHOOL BOARD

In a five-way race for three seats on the Hermantown School Board, Laura Thorsvik, Aaron Salmela and Stephanie Hamell won seats.

CLOQUET SCHOOL DISTRICT

In a four-way race for three seats on the Cloquet School Board, Jim Crowley, Gary Hawk Huard and Duane Buytaert won.

MOOSE LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT

In a six-way race for three seats on the Moose Lake School Board, Lisa Anderson Reed, Jamie Jungers and Adam Kamp were victorious.

WRENSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT

In Wrenshall voters said "yes" to renewing a five-year operating referendum in the amount of $629 per pupil, but a second levy question asking local voters to approve an additional $100 per student failed by 101 votes.

In a four-way race for three school board seats, Matthew Laveau, Janaki Fisher-Merritt and Troy Powers won seats.

BARNUM SCHOOL DISTRICT

In Barnum, voters approved a $1 per pupil referendum for the next five years.

In a five-way race for four school board seats, the winners were Colleen Fetters, Patrick Poirier, Lenore Skoglund and Michael Line.

GRAND RAPIDS SCHOOL BOARD

In an eight-way race for three seats on the Grand Rapids School Board, Pat Medure, Patricia Westerberg and Susan Zeige won. Ben Hawkins won a special election for an open board seat.

NASHWAUK-KEEWATIN SCHOOL BOARD

Ron Smith, Mary Jane Damjanovich and Kyle Haigh won seats.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS SCHOOL BOARD

In a six-way race for three school board seats, the winners were D. Michael Holden, Michelle Hebner and Gordy Dault.

LAKE SUPERIOR SCHOOL DISTRICT

In the district covering Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Shannon Fabini held off Mark Broin for the District 6 seat. Dwight Moe, Cyndi Ryder and Thomas Burns were unopposed for their seats.

CHISHOLM SCHOOL DISTRICT

Voters in Chisholm approved a 10-year operating referendum for the school district and elected Bob Rahja, Clarice Sever and Leanne Johnson to school board seats.

HIBBING SCHOOL BOARD

In a six-way race for three School Board seats, Jeff Polcher, Bob Clover and Tony Kuznik won seats.

ELY SCHOOL BOARD

Kathy Udovich, Paul Pengal and Scott Kellerman won seats on the Ely School Board.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Nancy Wall Glowaski defeated Zelda Bruns for the District 1 seat. Gary Rantala, Chet Larson and Robert Larson ran unopposed for their seats.

News Tribune staff writer Jana Hollingsworth and Pine Journal Editor Jana Peterson contributed to this report.

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