ST. CLOUD -- Absentee voting is getting underway Friday for the primary election being held on Tuesday, August 11th.

If you want to vote by mail you should apply for an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org or contact your Auditor-Treasurer's office and an application will be mailed to you.

If you want to vote in person, masks are not required but encouraged. In Stearns County, you can go to one of two locations The Administration Center downtown, or the County Service Center in Waite Park, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Local races on the primary ballot:

In the city of St. Cloud:
Mayor:
Dave Kleis (I)
Steven Schiller
Charles Jernberg Jr.
Mark B Sasse II
(Top two vote-getters move on to the general election in November)

City Council 3 At-Large Seats:
George Hontos (I)
Jeff Goerger (I)
Carol Lewis (I)
Amed Said
Hassan Yussuf
Buddy King
Natalie Ratha
Lenora Hunt
Seth Leyk
(Top six vote-getters move on to the general election in November)

In Stearns County
County Commissioner in District 4
Leigh Lenzmeier (I)
Jeff Johnson
Darrell Bruestle
(Top two vote-getters move on to the general election in November)

In Benton County
County Commissioner in District 1
Scott Johnson
Anthony Neis
Christine Scherbing
Christopher Winkelman
(Top two vote-getters move on to the general election in November)

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