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Both Republicans and Democrats gather here this weekend, bringing with them statewide candidates for the fall election.

Tonight, the Beltrami County Republicans party is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" dinner at the Bemidji High School Commons.

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Keynote speaker is Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor. Also speaking are U.S. House 7th District GOP-endorsed Lee Byberg of Willmar and 8th District Republican-endorsed Chip Cravaack of Chisago City.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at $15 a person or $25 a couple will be available at the door.

The event will also see a host of other Republican candidates, including Pat Anderson for state auditor, Dan Severson for secretary of state, GOP-endorsed judicial candidates and local legislative candidates.

Sunday, the State DFL Central Committee will be meeting in Bemidji, also at the BHS Commons. The Central Committee runs the party between conventions.

The highlight of the meeting which starts at 1 p.m. is the endorsement of a lieutenant governor candidate to run with House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL's endorsed candidate for governor.

Kelliher is to announce her choice for the post at 1 p.m. today at the State Capitol. The team faces an Aug. 10 primary challenge from former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton and former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza.

Democrats Sunday will also discuss a Hall of Distinguished Service to honor fellow Democrats. Chairing the meeting is State DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez.

At the same time, from Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, is holding a campaign kickoff fundraiser and birthday celebration from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Bemidji Eagles Club.

The walleye dinner features Kelliher, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, Sen. Linda Scheid of Brooklyn Park, and local DFL legislators.

Tickets are $10.

Y bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

Both Republicans and Democrats gather here this weekend, bringing with them statewide candidates for the fall election.

Tonight, the Beltrami County Republicans party is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" dinner at the Bemidji High School Commons.

Keynote speaker is Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor. Also speaking are U.S. House 7th District GOP-endorsed Lee Byberg of Willmar and 8th District Republican-endorsed Chip Cravaack of Chisago City.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at $15 a person or $25 a couple will be available at the door.

The event will also see a host of other Republican candidates, including Pat Anderson for state auditor, Dan Severson for secretary of state, GOP-endorsed judicial candidates and local legislative candidates.

Sunday, the State DFL Central Committee will be meeting in Bemidji, also at the BHS Commons. The Central Committee runs the party between conventions.

The highlight of the meeting which starts at 1 p.m. is the endorsement of a lieutenant governor candidate to run with House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL's endorsed candidate for governor.

Kelliher is to announce her choice for the post at 1 p.m. today at the State Capitol. The team faces an Aug. 10 primary challenge from former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton and former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza.

Democrats Sunday will also discuss a Hall of Distinguished Service to honor fellow Democrats. Chairing the meeting is State DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez.

At the same time, from Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, is holding a campaign kickoff fundraiser and birthday celebration from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Bemidji Eagles Club.

The walleye dinner features Kelliher, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, Sen. Linda Scheid of Brooklyn Park, and local DFL legislators.

Tickets are $10.

bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

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