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Morrison County Attorney to seek another term

LITTLE FALLS--Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf announced Tuesday he will seek re-election this fall. "I like serving the citizens of the county," Middendorf stated in a news release. "I believe that my office contributes to making Morris...

Brian Middendorf
Brian Middendorf

LITTLE FALLS-Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf announced Tuesday he will seek re-election this fall.

"I like serving the citizens of the county," Middendorf stated in a news release. "I believe that my office contributes to making Morrison County a better place to live, work and raise a family.

"I continue to enjoy the challenges of being county attorney. I am proud of the relationships that I have developed over the years with the county board, other county departments, as well as city and state law enforcement officials. I understand the importance of developing and maintaining those relationships. Public safety continues to be my top priority, and I would be honored to lead the county attorney's office for another term."

Middendorf has served in the county attorney's office since 1998. He was first elected county attorney in 2006. Middendorf oversees an office of six attorneys and three support staff. The county attorney's primary duties include adult prosecution, juvenile prosecution, child protection, child support, civil commitments, and acting as legal adviser to other county officials and employees.

"I have some long-term goals that I want to continue to work on as county attorney," Middendorf stated. "One of the main goals is to fight the opioid epidemic that is harming our community. To accomplish this, I will continue to ask the courts to impose long-term prison sentences for high-level drug dealers and distributors. I have also helped establish a drug court in our county. The goal of drug court is to stop low-level felony drug offenders' revolving door interactions with law enforcement, which increases public safety and reduces costs for taxpayers. In addition, I have asked the county board to initiate civil litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors so that they can help county taxpayers bear the costs of an epidemic that they helped create."

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