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Two adults found dead in rural Lac qui Parle

Two adults were found dead in a home in rural Lac qui Parle County Wednesday morning.

Investigators have released few details about the case, including the names of the victims or the circumstances of their death. The bodies were found by deputies who had been asked to do a welfare check at the Madison Township home.

In a brief statement, the Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s Office said it “does not believe the general public is in any danger and that this is an isolated incident.” 

Both the sheriff’s office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ramsey County medical examiners office are investigating the deaths.

Dynasty of tiny mayors in the making in Dorset as 3-year-old runs

James and Robert Tufts. Photo credit: WCCO

There's a dynasty of mini-mayors in the making in Dorset, Minn.

Bobby Tufts, the 6-year-old former mayor of Dorset, has endorsed his 3-year-old brother James to succeed him. Young James made his first major media appearance Monday evening on WCCO-TV, where he pledged to run on a pro-ice cream platform.

Mayors of Dorset, an unincorporated community of about 25 in Hubbard County, wield no power, have no official duties, earn no salary and are elected in a tongue-in-cheek ballot at the annual Taste of Dorset festival

A similar festival-based election system resulted in a 7-year-old Great Pyrenees named Duke becoming mayor of Cormorant, Minn., last year.

Bobby Tufts won election twice, at ages 3 and 4, before losing his bid for a third term to a 16-year-old challenger last summer. At age 5, he became Minnesota's youngest ex-mayor.

"It was fun, but it's time to pass on the vote," Bobby told The Associated Press last year.

This year, the office of mayor could pass to James, who donned a newsboy cap and headed out to gladhandle the crowds, with a WCCO camera crew in tow.

If elected, James pledged to "eat ice cream all day."

Taste of Dorset festival-goers pay $1 per ballot and can vote as often as they like, with all the proceeds go to support the festival. The mayoral "election" will be held Sunday, Aug. 2.

Photo credit: WCCO-TV