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Fehr, Shatz, Armstrong lock down election to ND Legislature

Representative-elect Alan Fehr, R-Dickinson, will join incumbent Mike Schatz, R-New England, in representing District 36 in North Dakota's State Legislature. Fehr came away with 26 percent of the vote and Schatz captured 33 percent, according to the North Dakota Secretary of State.

At press time Tuesday, there was one precinct left to report to the district, and there was a difference of less than 300 votes between incumbent Shirley Meyer, D-Dickinson, and Fehr. After the 14th precinct reported, Meyer had 24 percent of the vote. Also running as a Democrat was Bev Berger, Richardton, who garnered 14 percent of the vote. All outcomes are unofficial.

"I wish the results could have been different, but I never took the job for granted and I worked as hard as I could for the people of District 36 and western North Dakota and I felt I made a difference," Meyer said Wednesday.

Fehr, along with fellow Republicans Schatz and Senator-elect Kelly Armstrong, feel their cooperation in the campaign helped pull the victory to their party.

"It's a good year to be a Republican," he said. "It's been a team effort. Kelly, Mike and I worked together as a team with a number of others and I think that's what made the difference for us."

Once Fehr is sworn in, Meyer is no longer an elected official, but that won't stop her from being an advocate for causes she's fought for in the Legislature.

"That's stuff that I'm always interested in and hopefully we can make progress with this session," she said. "It's going to be a tough session, there's a lot of money and we've got way more legislators in Fargo than we do in the western part of the state and yeah, we've got a lot of issues."

Berger congratulated the winners and offered her best wishes for the upcoming biennium.

County measures

Bowman County voted 68 percent "yes" to 32 percent "no" to approve a tax levy not to exceed 10 mills to create a rural ambulance service.

The Bowman County Commission could have passed the measure without the support of the citizens, but decided to let them have a say, Bowman County Auditor Sandy Tivis said.

"Had it been defeated, the commissioners would have left it at that and not pursued it," she said.

Hettinger County adopted a home rule charter, 63 percent "yes" to 37 percent "no," giving the county government more control over taxation, among other things.

"It's pretty much it's -- the first step if the county would like to implement a sales tax that would be put on -- put to a vote now as a specific measure," Hettinger County Auditor Roy Steiner said. "It gives the future generations one less step to take if they need a different avenue of raising funds."

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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