Rural Iron Range sheriff rides into sunset (rise?)

Itasca County Sheriff Pat Medure announced today he wasn’t running for re-election. The top law enforcement officer in this rural, largely liquid northern Minnesota county made the announcement at today’s county board meeting.

Theory of the day: We haven’t heard the last of Pat Medure insofar as elections are concerned. The pages of any paper in Itasca County on any given day over the past year would probably yield at least one picture of Medure serving spaghetti, pancakes or a pantheon of ethnic Range dishes. That’s not the mark of a dude who’s short-timing it. Either he WAS a really active sheriff to the end, or he IS planning a new phase of his career.

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