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Dakota County sheriff's lip sync video finishes third in national contest

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The Dakota County Sheriff's Office video, filmed in 2016, took third place in the USA Today Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge. Submitted photo2 / 2

HASTINGS, Minn.—The Dakota County Sheriff's Office was eliminated over the weekend from the USA Today Law Enforcement Lip Sync Challenge and ultimately finished third in the national contest.

The video, which was filmed in 2016, lost out to Flower Mound, Texas, police department for a spot in the finals. Flower Mound is up against Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., police department in the finals.

USA Today's website shows Dakota County's video received a total of 34,400 votes throughout the contest, which nearly doubled fourth-place finisher Seattle Police Department's total of 18,020.

According to Dakota County Sheriff Capt. Dawanna Witt, the sheriff's office found out they were entered in the challenge after someone called Sheriff Tim Leslie to wish him luck.

"We got into the game a little late," Witt said.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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