ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has called special elections for two open Minnesota Senate seats long represented by Democrats — one in Brooklyn Park, the other in Minneapolis.

Dayton scheduled contests Tuesday to fill the seats of Sen. Linda Berglin, who is resigning, and Sen. Linda Scheid (schyd), who died last month.

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Both special elections will be held on Oct. 18, with primaries on Sept. 13 if needed.

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Scheid represented the Brooklyn Park area in the Legislature for three decades. Her seat has been vacant since she died June 15 after fighting ovarian cancer.

Berglin announced her resignation Monday after almost four decades representing Minneapolis in the Legislature. She is the longest-serving woman senator in state history.

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