Watch the debates in bellwether MN-LEG northern district

KAXE’s series of non-traditional radio forums in the hotly contested MN Senate District 5 continue Thursday morning at 8:15 with a District 5B conversation between Reps. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township) and Carolyn McElfatrick (R-Deer River). The segment begins at 8:15 a.m. on 91.7 KAXE/Northern Community Radio, streaming at

This is the district featuring three incumbent vs. incumbent races after a dramatic round of redistricting in the area. It represents the western edge of the Iron Range and a large portion of Minnesota’s “woods and waters” region.

Last week Sens. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) and John Carlson (R-Bemidji) had a congenial SD5 conversation, one that primarily involved the two men trying to explain their understanding of this dramatically reconfigured district. You can still access this debate by searching the archives for the Oct. 18, 8 a.m., hour. Next Thursday, Reps. John Persell (DFL-Bemdiji) and Larry Howes (R-Walker) will hold the District 5A conversation.

About a month ago, Lakeland Public Television held a series of debates involving many north central legislative districts. I’ve posted the video of the SD5-area debates below.

Senate District 5: Saxhaug vs. Carlson

House District 5A: Persell vs. Howes

House District 5B: Anzelc vs. McElfatrick

The radio forums use a much different format and are also a useful tool in understanding these candidates.

DISCLAIMER: I am a friend and campaign advisor to Rep. Tom Anzelc.

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