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Vacant Ward 3 seat remains up in the air

The Cloquet city council canvassed votes Tuesday, making the final numbers official with a unanimous vote.

Those vote totals included the write-in candidates for Cloquet’s Ward 3 city council race, with Iris Keller receiving 49 votes to Pete Erickson’s 40. The totals are meaningless, however, as they were too low to beat former city councilor Chris Swanson’s landslide 602 votes.

The race for Ward 3 was, undoubtedly, the most confusing race in the county. Swanson was the sole candidate on the ballot, but cannot serve again as the Ward 3 councilor because he moved outside the boundaries of Cloqu...