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Published December 13, 2010, 03:52 PM

Walsh County Recall Petition Review Pending

The Walsh County auditor said it will be after Christmas before her office starts reviewing petitions seeking a special election to recall Sheriff Lauren Wild.

By: Associated Press,

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) — The Walsh County auditor said it will be after Christmas before her office starts reviewing petitions seeking a special election to recall Sheriff Lauren Wild.

Auditor Sharon Kinsala told the Grand Forks Herald on Monday that her office will be busy with other things until then.

The auditor's office has 30 days to review signatures on recall petitions that were submitted Thursday. If accepted, the county has 90 to 100 days to hold a special election.

The recall effort started when Wild fired longtime Deputy Ron Nord, who unsuccessfully challenged him in the Nov. 2 election. Wild said Nord had spread lies about him during the campaign. Nord said he ran a clean campaign.

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