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Published November 18, 2010, 11:53 AM

Recall petitions approved against ND sheriff

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he has approved recall petitions against Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild.

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he has approved recall petitions against Walsh County Sheriff Lauren Wild.

That clears the way for the group who wants Wild removed to begin gathering the necessary 1,236 signatures for a recall vote.

Wild fired longtime Deputy Ron Nord, who unsuccessfully opposed him in the Nov. 2 election. Wild cited "tactics in the campaign." Nord said he ran a clean campaign.

Wild has said the push for a recall is a distraction from his duties and that he'll fight to keep the job he's held since 1989.

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