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There’s a new sheriff in town. Lots of ’em.

Voters in four southeastern Minnesota counties dumped four sitting sheriffs — three of whom were beaten by challengers from their own department.

Four sitting sheriffs in southeastern Minnesota counties were ousted by voters Tuesday; three were beaten by challengers from their own departments and one was beaten by a State Patrol officer.

The Rochester Post Bulletin outlined the arresting developments:

  • Olmsted County Sheriff Dave Mueller lost to Capt. Kevin Torgerson by a large margin: 31,237 to 14,504
  • In Dodge County, Sheriff Jim Jensen lost a closer race to Scott Rose, a sheriff’s department investigator: 3,711 to 3,326
  • Freeborn County Sheriff Bob Kindler lost to Kurt Freitag, one of his deputies: 6,500 to 5,505
  • Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely lost to State Patrol trooper Mark Inglett: 4,847 to 2,894

It wasn’t all bad news for sheriffs in that part of the state, the paper said:

  • Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh beat Scott O’Hara, a former St. Paul police detective.
  • Goodhue County Sheriff Scott McNurlin was unopposed and received 14,500 votes
  • Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi was unopposed and received 10,427 votes.