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Kopitzke, Staples, Wohlers win in Stevens County Commissioner races

MORRIS -- Bob Kopitzke, Ron Staples, and Donny Wohlers were elected to serve as Stevens County Commissioners by area voters in close races.

According to the unofficial election results, Kopitzke beat incumbent Paul Watzke 436 votes to 425 votes in District 1.

In District 3, incumbent Staples beat challenger Jim Swenson 548 votes to 433 votes.

In the race for an open seat in District 4, Wohlers beat challenger Diane Nelson 559 votes to 523 votes.

According to Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Neil Wiese, none of the races are close enough to trigger an automatic recount.

To see unofficial results on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, visit

District 1

-- Paul Watzke: 425

-- Bob Kopitzke: 436

District 3

-- Ron Staples: 548

-- Jim Swenson: 433

District 4

-- Diane K. Nelson: 523

-- Donny Wohlers: 559

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting.