The recount in Grand Forks' District 43 House race will begin at 8 a.m. Monday in the Grand Forks County Office Building.

County Auditor Debbie Nelson announced the date Wednesday for, effectively, the race between incumbent Democratic-NPLer Lois Delmore and Republican challenger Don Dietrich.

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After the canvassing board met Monday to go over questioned absentee ballots, Delmore held a seven-vote lead. Because that's less than a half percent of Republican Curt Kreun's vote total, it triggers an automatic recount under state law.

Kreun won one of the two open seats; Delmore or Dietrich will win the other.

Don Vangsnes, a Democratic-NPL newcomer, came in a distant fourth.

Neither Kreun nor Vangsnes is likely to see hisposition change in a recount, based on the margins of votes.

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