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John Carlson waves at a well wisher as he leaves his business Wednesday afternoon. Carlson was victorious winning the District 4 Senate race. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Republicans capture Minnesota Legislature, Carlson wins Senate 4

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When the dust cleared Wednesday, northwest Minnesota became a little redder.

Voters dissatisfied with a message of increased taxes and a larger government turned out Democrats in droves -- enough to ensure a Republican-controlled Legislature come Jan. 4 -- the first one in 38 years.

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