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The Minnesota Supreme Court is being asked to remove Sen. Gene Dornink’s name from the primary election ballot.

In a petition filed Thursday, Judy Kay Olson of Glenville claims that Dornink does not reside in the new district formed by redistricting earlier this year.

Dornink is running for re-election in newly formed District 23, which includes most of Mower and Freeborn counties and a large chunk of Steele County. His opponent in the Aug. 9 Republican primary is Lisa Hanson of Hayward.

Dornink had lived in rural Hayfield in Dodge County up until May 1. He claims he took up residency in Brownsdale, which is located in Mower County and includes the new District 23. Dodge County is not in the new district.

Through her attorney Richard Dahl of Brainerd, Olson claims Dornink still resides at his old home outside of Hayfield, and not Brownsdale. A private investigator was hired to track Dornink’s whereabouts.

“Gene Dornink is not eligible for election to the office of State Senator,” the petition claims.

In a statement Friday, Dornink said: “This is an absurd complaint. I’ve been living at my home in Brownsdale since May.”

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case within the next 10 days.


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