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Published November 03, 2010, 03:48 PM

ND sheriff candidate fired by opponent boss

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — A longtime Walsh County sheriff's deputy who ran against his boss this year says he's been fired a day after losing the election.

Former deputy Ron Nord had been with the sheriff's department for nearly 20 years. He tells the Grand Forks Herald that Sheriff Lauren Wild fired him for "lies from the campaign."

Nord says Wild wouldn't elaborate. The former deputy says he ran a clean campaign.

Wild did not immediately return messages the Herald left on his cell and office phones Wednesday. A woman who answered the phone in Wild's office told The Associated Press that the sheriff was out of town.

A county official confirmed Nord's firing. Nord says he won't challenge the decision. He plans to look for a job with another law enforcement agency in the area.

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