The Odd Side – June 26, 2018

Deputy Fired After Winning Election Offered Temporary Job

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota sheriff’s deputy who was fired by his boss after defeating him in a primary race has been offered another county job until he assumes the sheriff’s role.

Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired Deputy Mark Maggs after Maggs beat him in the election last week.

With no other candidates filing for November’s general election, Maggs will win a four-year term that starts Jan. 1.

County commissioners on Thursday voted to offer Maggs another job to tide him over until he takes office, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported. It’s not yet known what the job entails or whether Maggs will accept it.

The Bon Homme County State’s Attorney and Maggs will negotiate which job he’ll be offered, according to the motion.

The sheriff’s office was inundated with negative phone calls that hindered emergency responses after the firing. Gramkow said he has no regrets.

“These people don’t know me. They don’t know my family. They don’t know my department; and they don’t know the whole story,” Gramkow said of the negative comments. “Right now, it’s all one-sided.”

He acknowledged that he was disappointed after learning that Maggs chose to run against him.

“During the last five years [Maggs was with the department], I was always there for him,” Gramkow said. “I was going to run for one more term and then hand it over to him. But he didn’t want to wait.”

He’s begun accepting applications for Maggs’ newly vacant position.

North Dakota Mayor Re-Elected With All 3 of Town’s Votes

RUSO, N.D. (AP) – The man believed to be North Dakota’s oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.

Ruso Mayor Bruce Lorenz captured all three votes cast in the state’s smallest incorporated city, the Minot Daily News reported.

The 86-year-old retired rural mail carrier estimates he’s been mayor for more than three decades. He said he forgot Tuesday was election day until his daughter reminded him.

“I’ll have to go down the street and see if I can find a cigar,” he quipped.

Recent health issues have caused Lorenz to move into an assisted living facility in Minot, which may limit his duties as mayor.

“My health went to pot this spring,” he said. “I can’t even walk anymore without a walker. Life gives us some strange roads. We’ll see what takes place.”

Lorenz said he’ll still serve as mayor. He does have a platform — he wants to get rural water service in the McLean County town.

“We need rural water but it’s too expensive for just a couple of people,” he said. “Ruso is pretty small all right.”

In the only other contest on Tuesday’s ballot, Terry Roloson was re-elected to City Council after also garnering all three votes cast.

Ruso is located about 40 miles southeast of Minot.

Maine Town Works to Save Statue of Famous Harbor Seal Andre

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) – A Maine town is raising money to save the statue of a beloved harbor seal that brought the community together.

The Bangor Daily News reports Rockport’s 1978 statue of Andre the Seal is undergoing $14,000 in repairs. Two local organizations have raised most of the money, but $2,000 is still needed.

Residents recall fond memories of the orphaned seal pup, which was rescued in 1961 by local tree surgeon Harry Goodridge. Goodridge cared for the seal until it was old enough to be released into the ocean.

Andre went on to spend his winters in southern New England and his summers in Rockport for the next 25 years.