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Published February 03, 2014, 05:45 PM

Nelson County names interim sheriff

Nelson County commissioners have appointed an interim sheriff to replace Kelly Janke, who resigned last month.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

Nelson County commissioners have appointed an interim sheriff to replace Kelly Janke, who resigned last month.

Keith Olson, who has been a deputy in the department about five years, was appointed Jan. 24 to serve until the end of the year, when a sheriff elected in November will take over, said Auditor Jack Davidson.

Janke, who became well-known for the terrorizing case of Lakota, N.D., farmer Rodney Brossart and his family, resigned abruptly Jan. 17.

In a news release, Janke said he quit to avoid prosecution on a misdemeanor charge of stalking involving a woman with whom he said he had a “romantic relationship.”

Chief Deputy Eric Braathen was named acting sheriff for a week before Olson was appointed, Davidson said.

Nobody has filed yet to run for sheriff, although three people have picked up the necessary forms, Davidson said.

Convicted last fall of terrorizing two officers who arrested him, Brossart began serving a six-month sentence Jan. 21 in the regional jail in Devils Lake.

Last week, Brossart filed notice that he’s appealing his sentence.

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