Beloved Mayor Duke Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Duke, the 13-year-old canine Mayor of Cormorant Township in Minnesota has passed away, and his constituents are mourning the loss.

A beautiful 13-year-old Great Pyrenees named Duke stole our hearts when he became the Mayor of Cormorant Township in 2014. He was the township’s write-in winner four times since, and last year, he retired because his health was failing.

Duke's retirement and book signing will be at Cormorant daze with author Jolene Beckman

Posted by Mayor Duke of Cormorant Village on Thursday, 26 July 2018

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Last week, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and the township is heartbroken.

Our beloved mayor Duke went to doggie heaven today. He will be greatly missed. we will have a memorial for him in march…

Posted by Mayor Duke of Cormorant Village on Thursday, 21 February 2019

In 2016, Duke won every single vote but the vote of his ‘girlfriend’ — a dog named Lassie. He was appeared in parades and on billboards and was rarely pictured without his Mayor’s hat and sash.

Be sure to put July 10th on your calendar to come to the Cormorant town hall for the meeting. after the meeting we will celebrate Mayor Duke to thank him for his service. we will serve coffee and cookies right after the township meeting. Please come and give him your supportThank you,Karen, Dave and Mayor Duke 🎩

Posted by Mayor Duke of Cormorant Village on Friday, 29 June 2018

Duke was also well-known as a passionate advocate for the Humane Society and his fellow canine/feline citizens, as well as a supporter of the Girl Scouts. He was always at town-wide sports events and cheered the home team on with regal enthusiasm.

The Township’s Facebook page posted a beautiful memorial and thanked the town’s constituents and others who have sent their condolences for the loss.

Plans for a memorial for Mayor Duke will be forthcoming, and most likely held in March or April.

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It’s a tough political climate out there in the United States, but Duke brought civility and unity to the political arena. His bi-partisan ruff-resentation will be missed, and many of his human ‘colleagues’ all over the country might learn a lesson in how to bring citizens together for the better good of all.

Rest in Peace, Mayor Duke.

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