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Pennington County Commissioner resigns temporarily

A Pennington County Commissioner who resigned this month is slated to take office again in January. Commissioner Darryl Tveitbakk said in his resignation letter he resigned due to complications related to his retirement pension. He declined to co...

A Pennington County Commissioner who resigned this month is slated to take office again in January.

Commissioner Darryl Tveitbakk said in his resignation letter he resigned due to complications related to his retirement pension. He declined to comment for the Herald's story.

Tveitbakk also has retired from the Northern Municipal Power Agency, where he was general manager. The Minnesota Public Employee Retirement Association changed its rules in 2002 to disclude elected government officials. To receive the pension benefits he accrued during his time at NMPA, Tveitbakk must have at least a 30-day separation from his elected position.

He submitted his resignation Nov. 5 and it was accepted by the commissioners Nov. 13.

Tvietbakk ran unopposed for re-election as county commissioner for District 4. Pennington County commissioners are paid $18,500 annually.

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Pennington County Auditor Ken Olson said it's unsure if Tveitbakk's position will be filled in the meantime and the county attorney will look at their options in more depth. A call to the Pennington County Attorney's office was not returned by the time of publication.

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