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Following lawsuit, court approves new Beltrami County district map

BEMIDJI - Following a lawsuit in 2022 and a court order in 2023, commissioner districts for Beltrami County have been redrawn by an independent commission and approved by a Minnesota judge.

Beltrami County's new district map has been approved by a Minnesota District Judge. Courtesy / Beltrami County

The lawsuit was originally filed in May 2022 by former county commissioner Jim Lucachick and 30 others just weeks after the county had finalized its redistricted maps in a 3-2 vote, a decision that Lucachick and District 1 Commissioner Craig Gaasvig opposed.

The map the board originally approved had the highest variance in population between the seven options presented, though it was still within the 10% required by law.


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