Tuesday's primary election turnout in west-side Granite Falls (District 2) was "awesome ... just amazing for a primary," according to Granite Falls City Clerk Joan Taylor.
In District 3 of Chippewa County, Auditor/Treasurer viewed the turnout in east-side Granite Falls and surrounding townships as decent, but nothing to write home about.
Statewide, the Secretary of State's office predicted a turnout of 15 percent. In west Granite Falls, 455 of 1,153 eligible voters resulted in a turnout of approximately 40 percent, while east Granite Falls and surrouding townships saw a turnout of 27.4 percent.
The higher turnouts were chalked up to the commissioner races that will see John Berends and Mitch Brovold of west Granite Falls and Dave Nordaune and incumbent Dennis Anderson of east-side Granite Falls and surrounding townships face-off in November's election.
Berends captured slightly over 50 percent of the ballots cast by receiving 229 votes, while Brovold received 169 votes, accounting for just over 37 percent of the turnout.
Also receiving votes were Bill Miller and Mike Ohliger, who both tallied 28.
In District 3, Nordaune carried the day with approximately 192 votes compared to Anderson's 123. Respectively, this equated to approximately 52 and 33 percent of the vote. Also receiving votes was Dustin Shourds with 55 ballots cast in his name.
In the Democratic primary for Senate District 17, current District-20 Senator, Lyle Koenen, Clara City, bested Larry Rice, Willmar, with 3019 (57 percent) to 2,259 (2,259) votes.
Also of interest to local readers is the District 17B DFL House Primary where Mary Sawatzky, daughter of the late Butch Richter, defeated Jessica Rohloff handily 1994 to 1,031, which gave her 66 percent of the vote.
Koenen is set to face current Dist. 13 Representative Joe Gimse, GOP-Willmar, while Sawatzky will challenge first-term Represenative, Bruce Vogel, GOP-Willmar.