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  • Minnesota election saw surge in American Indian voters, candidates

    J. Patrick Coolican, Star Tribune|Dec 17, 2018

    If not for the American Indian population, which comprises 13 percent of Bemidji, John Persell probably would not have won his Minnesota House seat. Persell, a Democrat who won by 11 votes, is just one illustration of the ascendance this year of American Indian voters - and candidates. Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan, a member of the White Earth Nation, won one of the most high-profile seats. She was part of a wave of Indian candidates running this year. "We've been doing the work as far as voter...