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Carlson joins race for Senate seat

BEMIDJI - There now is a three-person race for the District 5 in the state Senate.

Current Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, has filed for re-election in the newly defined district that encompasses the southwestern part of Beltrami County, the northern section of Cass County and western half of Itasca County.

The race now includes Carlson, current Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, and DFL candidate Laverne "Pedie" Pederson of Bemidji.

Filing runs through Tuesday.