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2010 elections: Dearstyne to seek re-election as Hubbard County attorney

Donovan Dearstyne has announced he will seek a second term as Hubbard County attorney.

"I have enjoyed working together with the county board and other department heads during the past four years, providing efficient and cost-effective services to the citizens of Hubbard County," Dearstyne said in a press release. "During my tenure as county attorney I have prosecuted every kind of case imaginable from first-degree homicide to petty misdemeanors."

The assistant county attorneys, along with the office staff, have stated their full support for him, Dearstyne said in the release. Several local attorneys, business leaders, law enforcements officers, county employees and members of the community have also voiced their support and encouragement.

Dearstyne said the attorney's office has accomplished a great deal in the way of added revenue, efficiency and effectiveness. In 2008 the attorney's office took over the prosecution for Park Rapids misdemeanor cases, providing almost $40,000 dollars in annual revenue to Hubbard County. He added that driving while intoxicated cases and most domestic assault cases now take only three to four months to complete, whereas previously they used to take six to 12 months.

"My office works closely with local and federal law enforcement to prosecute crime effectively," he said. "The addition of my office taking over the duties of Park Rapids city prosecutor allows all law enforcement in Hubbard County to have one office handling all prosecution.

"I implemented a program where an attorney from my office is always on call 24/7 for law enforcement to contact. These improvements have opened up the lines of communication and cases are being processed more effectively through the system."

He noted crimes in Hubbard County are becoming more serious and violent. Hubbard County law enforcement has recently joined the West Central Drug Task Force.

"I see the joining of this task force as a plus that will aid Hubbard County in the fight against drugs," Dearstyne said.

Dearstyne is a Vietnam veteran, member of the Disabled American Veterans and Minnesota County Attorney's Association. He serves as an instructor at the county attorney's trial school and serves on HAPA (a youth alcohol and drug task force).

Personally, his family attends Calvary Lutheran Church, where he is president-elect of the church council. He is involved in Park Rapids Rotary and several nonprofit profit organizations.

Dearstyne and his wife, Marie, live near Park Rapids with their three daughters, Ashley, 20, Amber, 19, and Mariena, 12.