Johnson, Erickson keep their council seats

Featured photo: Ron Johnson and Nancy Erickson retain their respective seats on the Bemidji City Council.

Two incumbents on the Bemidji City Council appear to be the clear winners in the contests to keep their seats.

According to unofficial results, Ron Johnson will retain his Ward 3 seat, gaining 439 votes over challenger Greg Kuhn’s 344.

Nancy Erickson will keep her seat on Ward 5 with 391 votes over Don Heinonen’s 369.

Beltrami County Administrator Kay Mack says Auditor-Treasurer JoDee Treat is currently reviewing results on all races within the county. While absentee ballots were counted, at this time, they do not appear to be included on the Secretary of State’s unofficial election results. The Auditor-Treasurer’s Office is working on updating those numbers to the Secretary of State.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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