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Simonson wins race for Kerry Gauthier's seat in state legislature

DFL endorsed Erik Simonson was the overwhelming winner in the race for Minnesota State House District 7B seat to replace disgraced Rep. Kerry Gauthier, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Simonson, an assistant Duluth fire chief, received 62 percent of the vote. Republican Travis Silvers received about 22 percent and write-in candidate Jay Fosle took the remaining 16 percent.

With Gauthier's name listed on absentee ballot, DFLer launches write-in campaign

Endorsed Duluth DFLer Erik Simonson is proceeding with his write-in campaign for a Minnesota House seat in District 7B after the State Supreme Court didn't act to remove disgraced Rep. Kerry Gauthier's name from the ballot. Gauthier withdrew from the race last month after admitting to a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth rest stop.

Legislature quickly approves flood aid; Dayton signs bill

The Minnesota legislature quickly approved Friday a $167.5 million flood package designed to rebuild washed-out roads, repair flooded businesses and damaged houses and restore damaged parks after severe flooding in Minnesota in June. The House approved the bill 125-3 and the Senate 60-7 in a two-hour special session before it went Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature.