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Hartmann, Flohrs advance

August 15, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - Steve Flohrs and Keith Hartmann received the most votes in the District 5 Martin County commissioner race Tuesday.

The two now face off in the Nov. 6 election.

Flohrs, of rural Ormsby, received the most votes with 353, while Hartmann, of rural Northrop, received 206.

Rochelle Krusemark of rural Trimont received 79 votes while Michael Schultz of rural Trimont received 69.

"I'm pretty excited," Flohrs said after the final numbers were announced. "I want to thank everyone for voting for me. I plan to do a good job and I hope they will come out and support me again in November. I appreciate the people of the rural area for coming out to vote for me and I plan on listening to them and solving the problems we have out here."

Hartmann said he was "flabbergasted" when he learned of his primary win.

"I'm happy to have the chance to run in November," he said. "It's a great opportunity to have the chance to represent District 5; that's my goal. Steve Flohrs is a fine gentleman too, and I look forward to the general election."

Flohrs is currently chairman of the Martin County Soil and Water District, and received the supervisor of the year award from the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 2011. He is a crop farmer.

Hartmann has farmed in Rutland Township for 37 years and is a seed dealer for Dekalb Asgrow.

District 5 covers the northwest portion of Martin County, including the northwest corner of Fairmont, and the communities of Trimont, Ormsby and Northrop.

Current District 5 representative, Jack Potter, announced this spring he would not seek re-election.



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