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Cormorant, MN Elects Dog Mayor

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You may have heard stories in the past of child-age mayors. Now, we have another for you. Duke is seven years old and is the new mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota. He's also a dog.

Tricia Maloney of Cormorant says, “He doesn't know how to handle this publicity.”

It’s an election year, but in Cormorant, there's no campaign.

Tricia says, “He won by a landslide.”

Who better to run the village than someone that knows everybody?

Tricia says, “He's used to coming to the pub and getting some burgers and some fries or something.”

He's not a politician, but someone's pet.

David Rick of Cormorant says, “He follows me wherever I go.”

Duke the dog is Cormorant's newly elected mayor. The 12 people in the village each paid a dollar to cast a vote.

David says, “His name came up. In fact, I voted for him.”

“Poor Richard Sherbrook that owns the Cormorant Store, he didn't even have half as many votes as Duke did, says Tricia.

After winning, he needed a little TLC.

Tricia says, “I should say he needed a lot of TLC.

After five hours of grooming and a new outfit, this farm dog looks like a leader. He's even helped make his community safer by roaming around.

David says, “What he does is when the cars are coming through town, they're hitting town at 50 miles per hour, and he slows them down.”

And now that he's mayor, I wanted to see how he handles media. “Mr. Mayor, could I get a statement from you? Nothing?”

I guess he's all bark, no sound bite. Even so, his constituents still say this Great Pyrenees makes a great leader.

David says, “It's quite the country.”

Duke is going to be officially sworn in Saturday at 10AM during Cormorant Daze. As for the mayor’s salary, Tuffy's Pet Food out of Perham is donating a year's supply of kibble to reward him for his service.

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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