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January 21, 2013

District 19A campaigns are heating up


Quist on Clark

Republican Allen Quist of rural St. Peter and Independence Party candidate Tim Gieseke of rural Nicollet aren't facing a primary election and can focus on the Feb. 12 special election that will determine Morrow's replacement.

Quist, a retired farmer and former congressional candidate, used Twitter to offer a preview of the message he'll offer voters if Johnson becomes the Democratic nominee next Tuesday.

"DFL endorses liberal MSU prof to represent ag/small business-based Nicollet County," Quist tweeted shortly after the endorsement was decided.

Feb. 5 forum

Voters in House District 19A, which is dominated by Nicollet County but also includes western and northern parts of Mankato and far southwestern Le Sueur County, will get at least one chance to assess all three candidates at a single event.

A forum, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Treaty Site History Center on Highway 169 North, is being sponsored by the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce, Greater Mankato Growth and the St. Peter League of Women Voters.

People are invited to submit questions in advance by emailing them to

Greater Mankato Growth is also asking candidates to respond to a questionnaire that will be posted at

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