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Published June 11, 2013, 04:42 PM

Mayor of Halstad taking a leave of absence

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The mayor of Halstad, Minnesota is taking a temporary leave of absence. After recently being charged with rape.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The mayor of Halstad, Minnesota is taking a temporary leave of absence. After recently being charged with rape.

Steve Sortland wrote a letter to Halstad's vice mayor, that was read at the city council meeting Monday night.

Sortland wrote he will resume his role as mayor after his legal issues are completed.

Sortland was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

He's denied the charges and has posted bail, and is set to appear in court again tomorrow.

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