3A primary goes to Ecklund

Rob Ecklund, a Koochiching County commissioner from International Falls and a longtime DFL and labor leader, now has the inside track to be the Ely area's next representative in St. Paul.

Ecklund won a convincing victory Tuesday night in a four-way DFL primary in Minnesota House District 3A.

With all but two of the vast district's 99 precincts reporting, Ecklund had an 11 percentage-point lead over second-place finisher Bill Hansen of Tofte. Lagging far behind were International Falls business owner Eric Johnson and Ely council member Heidi Omerza.

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