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Jim Gelbmann, deputy secretary of state, and other state election officials are pictured at a meeting during the 2008 U.S. Senate recount, in which Gelbmann played a big role. He said he has no role in this year's governor's race recount because he is friends - and a former staffer to - Mark Dayton. File photo by Don Davis.

A Dayton friend, Gelbmann watches recount from afar

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The man called the "the referee in the sandbox" during the intense 2008 U.S. Senate recount is not even on the playground of the ongoing governor's race recount.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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