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Hermantown council incumbents re-elected

Two incumbents were re-elected to the Hermantown City Council on Tuesday.

Hermantown City Councilors Natalie Peterson and Gloria Nelson were the top two vote getters in the general election with 35 percent and 23 percent of the vote, respectively, defeating challengers Shannon Jorgenson and Shannon Cornelius.

Peterson is the director of communications and marketing at the Duluth Airport Authority and has served on the council for 4 years. She was celebrating with friends and family at Skyline Lanes when the News Tribune reached her by phone Tuesday night.

"I'm just so excited to serve our community again for the next four years and continue the work because we have a lot more work to do," Peterson said.

Looking to the next four years, Peterson wants Hermantown to establish a paved trail system and continue economic development in the marketplace and industrial park area.

Gloria Nelson, who has owned Sunsational Travel Agency in Hermantown for over 30 years and served six years on the council, was at home when the News Tribune reached her by phone.

"It's just such a hard working team," Nelson said of the council. "It's a great combination, I'm really happy to be a part of it."

Nelson narrowly beat Cornelius, owner of Yellow Bike Coffee, by 15 votes.

Like Peterson, Nelson wants to focus on economic development, but said she also wants to ensure roads are repaired while property taxes are kept low.

"We have some that are pretty aged," Nelson said of Hermantown streets.

Nelson and Peterson will continue to serve on the council with Councilors John Geissler and Kristi Schmidt and Mayor Wayne Boucher.

"The four councilors and the mayor have worked very well together the last two years ... we have such a respectful, continual passion for our community," Peterson said.

Jimmy Lovrien

Jimmy Lovrien is a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He spent the summer of 2015 as an intern for the Duluth News Tribune and was hired full time in October 2017 as a reporter for the Weekly Observer. He also reported for the Lake County News-Chronicle in 2017-18. Lovrien grew up in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Duluth in 2013 to attend The College of St. Scholastica. Lovrien graduated from St. Scholastica in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in English and history. He also spent a summer studying journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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