ND mayor re-elected with all 3 of town’s votes
The man believed to be North Dakota’s oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.
Ruso Mayor Bruce Lorenz captured all three votes cast in the state’s smallest incorporated city, the Minot Daily News reported.
The 86-year-old retired rural mail carrier estimates he’s been mayor for more than three decades. He said he forgot June 12 was election day until his daughter reminded him.
“I’ll have to go down the street and see if I can find a cigar,” he quipped.
Recent health issues have caused Lorenz to move into an assisted living facility in Minot, which may limit his duties as mayor.
“My health went to pot this spring,” he said. “I can’t even walk anymore without a walker. Life gives us some strange roads. We’ll see what takes place.”
Lorenz said he’ll still serve as mayor. He does have a platform – he wants to get rural water service in the McLean County town.
“We need rural water but it’s too expensive for just a couple of people,” he said. “Ruso is pretty small all right.”
In the only other contest on the ballot, Terry Roloson was re-elected to city council after also garnering all three votes cast.
Ruso is about 40 miles southeast of Minot.
Signs seeking return of family heirloom: ‘My mother will kill me’
A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, “My mother will kill me.”
Colin Trimmer is offering a reward for the return of his great-grandmother’s iron and brass bed frame, given to him by his mother when he moved into his apartment near Tufts University.
The bed frame was left curbside last month by new tenants of the apartment, who mistakenly thought Trimmer had already moved out and it was trash.
Trimmer’s mother, Carol Kazmer, tells the Boston Globe the bed frame was one of the few items her grandmother had to leave to her 17 grandchildren.
She says the bed frame is “just a thing,” but she’d like it back and the reward would be “sizable.”