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Republican Bill Ingebrigtsen (left), of Alexandria, and Democrat Jim Thoreen, of Morris, led off the candidate forum Thursday night at the Morris American Legion. Ingebrigtsen and Thoreen are candidates for the Minnesota District 11 Senate seat. Candidates for House District 11A, Stevens County Commissioner, Morris Mayor and City Council and the Morris Area School Board also made statements and answered audience questions during the event, which drew about 100 people.

Candidates meet in forum Thursday

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Candidates for statewide offices painted contrasting pictures of themselves while those running for local offices focused more on how those who will be serving in St. Paul had to get their acts together to prevent financial hardships for elected officials and residents back home.

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