New Prague voters have new polling place

When voters in the City of New Prague head to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the primary elections, they will be heading to a new location this year.

Both New Prague precincts will vote at the Central Education Campus gym. The address is 410 Central Avenue N., but voters should enter the horseshoe parking lot on the west side of the building, entering off of First Ave. NW.

For many years, all New Prague residents voted at the New Prague City Hall. The polling place for Precinct I (Le Sueur County side) of New Prague was moved to the New Prague Library six years ago. With the city's growth, both polling places were becoming increasingly crowded, which is the reason for this move.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other polling places in the area are:

Le Sueur County:

• Derrynane Township will vote at the Derrynane Town Hall, 31225 249th Lane.

• Lanesburgh Township will vote at the Lanesburgh Town Hall, 31498 State Hwy. 13 in rural New Prague.

• Heidelberg: Ballots for the City of Heidelberg are being mailed to all registered voters. They should be returned to the Le Sueur County Auditor's office at 88 Park Ave. S., Le Center, MN 56057. Those who are not registered can do so on Election Day and receive a ballot at the auditor's office in Le Center.

Scott County:

• Belle Plaine Township will vote at the Belle Plaine Town Hall, 25130 Hickory Blvd.

• Helena Township will vote at the St. Benedict School, 24981 St. Benedict Road.

• Cedar Lake Township will vote at the St. Patrick Social Hall, 24425 Old Hwy 13 Blvd.

• New Market Township will vote at the New Market Town Hall, 8950 230th St.

• Elko New Market residents will vote at the Elko New Market City Hall, 601 Main St.

Rice County

• Webster Township residents will vote at the Webster Town Hall, 4020 Delano Ave.

• Wheatland Township residents will vote at the Wheatland Town Hall 9788 50th St. W in Veseli.

• Lonsdale city residents will vote at the Lonsdale City Hall 415 Central Street W.

Primary fields set

There will be primary elections in two area county commissioner races and one legislative race.

Scott County District 2 includes eastern Scott County, including Cedar Lake and New Market townships and the city of Elko New Market. Three candidates have filed to replace Commissioner Bob Vogel, who is not running for reelection. They are Chris Olson, a Prior Lake police officer, Tom Wolf, a former financial advisor and Tony Albright, a retirement financial advisor. The primary will eliminate one candidate, with the other two advancing to the November general election.

In Rice County District 5, four candidates are seeking to replace Commissioner Jim Brown, who is not seeking reelection. They are Jerry Anderson, Gary Bruggentheis, Jeff Docken and Mike Piper. District 5 includes the northwestern portion of the county, including Wheatland and Webster townships and the city of Lonsdale.

In Legislative District 35B, incumbent Mark Buesgens (R-Jordan) is facing a challenge from former Rep. Tom Rees (R-Lakeville). Rees unsuccessfully challenged Buesgens two years ago as well. The winner will be on the November ballot and face the DFL candidate, Taylor Kristoff-Jones. District 35B includes much of central Scott County, including New Market Township and the city of Elko New Market.

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