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Persell, Pederson to face off in primary Tuesday

BEMIDJI -- Lavern "Pedie" Pederson will challenge incumbent member of the Minnesota House of Representatives John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, in the primary election Tuesday.

Persell has held the seat since 2008, having been re-elected twice. Pederson previously ran for state office in 2012, when he lost to state Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, in the DFL primary. He also has run for Bemidji city and school board positions.