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Lake Shore councilman should step down from council position

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Brainerd Dispatch
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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A Lake Shore city councilman was cited for shoplifting in Baxter on Sunday, June 24, at Gander Mountain.

John Bukovich blamed his medication he is taking causes him to “get goofy.” His claims he is taking an anti-depressant that has negative side effects.

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Councilman Bukovich was issued a citation for shoplifting $225 of merchandise from the store.

This is not his first shoplifting incident. In 2008 he was caught shoplifting at Mills Fleet Farm, also in Baxter. Charges against him in that situation were dismissed.

Bukovich is a former police chief for the city of Lake Shore. In 2003 there was a controversy swirling around the former chief, however, charges against him were never filed.

Bukovich was quoted by the Dispatch saying, “It’s embarrassing. I could back and fight it (the incident at Gander Mountain), and get this one dismissed too, but I’m tired. I don’t want to do it anymore.”

Understandably, Councilman Bukovich is tired of these encounters.

Perhaps it is time to step down from the council and deal with his illness, rather than bring more embarrassment upon himself and the council. (His current term as a councilman ends this year.)

However, if he chooses to serve the remainder of his term in office and declares he will not seek re-election, that is a viable option.

Either option would be honorable on his part.

—Keith Hansen

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