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Pope County attorney files for fifth term

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GLENWOOD -- Pope County Attorney Belvin Doebbert has filed for a fifth term.

Doebbert, of Glenwood, practices law in a partnership with Chad Larson, who serves as assistant county attorney. Doebbert originally began his law practice in the county with Nelson and Obenland, which later became Nelson, Obenland and Doebbert.

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"I don't presume to know the needs of the county any better than my constituents, but I do know the importance of my constituents' concerns and I know how to listen to them," he said in a news release announcing that he is seeking another term.

Three other people have filed for the position, according to the Secretary of State's website: Nan I. Haggerty, Douglas R. Hegg and Neil Nelson. Voters in the Aug. 10 primary will narrow the candidates to two who will move forward to the general election in November.

As county attorney, Doebbert has been a prosecutor, a department administrator and served as an adviser to the County Board and the various departments and their leaders and personnel.

Doebbert is a graduate of the Glenwood High School. He obtained a bachelor's degree at Augsburg College while also undertaking regional planning studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He earned his law degree at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul while also working full time for the Minnesota Legislature.

Prior to practicing law, Doebbert was employed as an over-the-road trucker. He also farmed one season with a brother and was sponsored by the Glenwood Lutheran Church as an agricultural missionary in Senegal, West Africa.

Doebbert is active in a variety of community and professional activities, serving in officer roles with the Glenwood Lions, Glenwood Chamber of Commerce, Central Square, the Sixteenth District Bar Association, and Minnesota State Bar Association's agricultural and rural law section. He is also active in his church.

Doebbert and his wife, attorney JoEllen, are parents to two sons.

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