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Kandiyohi County, Minn., Auditor/Treasurer Sam Modderman announces retirement

This 2008 file photo shows Kandiyohi County Auditor Sam Modderman examining a ballot during the U.S. Senate recount. Modderman announced today that he is retiring April 27. (Tribune file photo)

WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Auditor/Treasurer Sam Modderman announced today that he is retiring.

He is in the midst of his seventh four-year term, which would run through the end of 2014.

Modderman was first elected to the post in 1986 and had served 15 years as deputy auditor prior to that.

County officials are preparing for his retirement to begin in April.