CORMORANT VILLAGE, Minn. — It's a sad day for Cormorant Village after the four-time mayor, and furry friend Duke has died.
Duke, a Great Pyrenees, was the write-in winner of the mayoral seat of Becker County's Cormorant Township in 2014. He was elected four times in all, stepping down as age took its toll.
The announcement of the pawsome pupper’s passing came in a Facebook post Thursday evening, Feb. 21.
“Our beloved mayor Duke went to doggie heaven today. He will be greatly missed,” Karen Nelson posted. “We will have a memorial for him in March or April at the Cormorant Town Hall. Thanks to all who express their condolences it means a lot of hard times like this. Sincerely, Karen and Dave.”
Nelson's post said a memorial service is being planned for March or April. That will be held at the Cormorant Town Hall.
Duke was a four-footed ambassador for the village, appearing at parades and events in the area.
He had his 15-minute sniff of national fame, including a visit to the set of the Steve Harvey Show in 2014 in Chicago. While he didn’t get on the air (he reportedly was bumped by Dr. Phil), his segment was still filmed for running on the website version of the show
Duke, who reportedly ate up the attention, also received a doghouse that looked like the capitol building, and dog bones that said “Duke the Mayor.”
Reporter Helmut Schmidt contributed to this story.