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Journalist Chelsey Perkins from the Brainerd Dispatch: Outcomes and Analysis of Election 2022 in the Brainerd Lakes Area

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Chelsey Perkins covers politics and government at the Brainerd Dispatch

Journalist Chelsey Perkins joined us today to talk about the Legislative races in the Brainerd region where there were no real suprises: Republicans swept the region. That includes incumbents like Josh Heintzeman and Justin Eichorn and newcomers like Ben Davis and Mike Wiener.

Chelsey also covered sheriff's races, school boards and other local government positions.

One of the things she was most surprised by was the money put into the Brainerd School District race - where DJ Dondelinger invested what is thought to be his personal funds of approximately 42,000 to win that election.

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.