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Published February 13, 2012, 03:32 PM

Former Hawley Police Chief has died after battle with cancer

Hawley, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The former Police Chief of Hawley has died after a battle with cancer.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Hawley, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The former Police Chief of Hawley has died after a battle with cancer.

Ernest "Ernie" Rhodes worked for the city for 3 and a half years before retiring in September of 2010, after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He returned to his home state of Louisiana.

Rhodes died Saturday at age 61 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he had worked from 1977 to 2006, rising to the rank of captain.

He retired from that job and accepted his "dream job" as police chief in Hawley in 2007. His funeral will be held in Baton Rouge tomorrow.

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