Candidates running in a pair of Minnesota state Senate districts that cover Duluth, Rice Lake, Hermantown, Proctor and more will take turns answering questions asked by Duluth Area Chamber President David Ross and News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

In District 7, Republican Donna Bergstrom and DFLer Jen McEwen are vying to replace DFL Sen. Erik Simonson, who lost in the August primary. District 7 covers most of Duluth.

In District 3, DFL Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook is being challenged by Republican Christopher Hogan of Two Harbors. District 3 extends from Solway Township northwest of Proctor, up the North Shore, and along the Canadian border to the Koochiching County border with Lake of the Woods County.

You can view the virtual forum below at 11 a.m.

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This is the third in a series of forums this year sponsored by the News Tribune and Duluth Chamber that are being held virtually due to restrictions on gatherings and other necessary precautions in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic. They all will be available for viewing live and for watching on-demand later at

All forums are “civility certified,” with the participation of Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project, an effort launched in 2003 by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation that has since gone global. Duluthians can appreciate that the project remains active here.