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Al Edenloff | Echo Press Election judges from one of Douglas County's 38 precincts brought in the ballots to the Douglas County Courthouse Tuesday night. Final results were tabulated around midnight, a fast pace compared to previous elections.

How did you vote? Election yields some surprises, close contests

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Tuesday's election in Douglas County sprang a few surprises.

If the final vote stands, Douglas County has a new county attorney, Chad Larson, who narrowly defeated 12-year incumbent Chris Karpan, 7,340 votes to 7,171 - a margin of just 1.02 percent. (See related story.)

Another challenger was victorious in a hotly contested Alexandria City Council race. Virgil Batesole unseated incumbent Ward 1 council member Cindy Bigger. (See related story.)

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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