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Gene Dornink, Supreme Court ruling, steele county

On Friday, the Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed a last-minute challenge regarding Sen. Gene Dornink’s residency to get his name removed from next week’s primary ballot.

A Freeborn County woman filed a petition last week claiming that Dornink doesn’t live in the Brownsdale house he claims he has been living at since early May. Judy Kay Olson of Glenville alleged Dornink was still living at his old residence in rural Hayfield, which would put him outside of the new senate district that was formed earlier this year under redistricting.

Friday’s ruling means the ballots will show both Dornink and his Republican opponent Lisa Hanson’s names in Tuesday’s primary.

“I’m grateful the court dismissed this baseless case so quickly,” Dornink said. “I appreciate the support from so many who reached out to me through this process. I will continue running a positive, issue-oriented campaign.”

Dornink has served as a senator since 2021.


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