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No candidates step up for coroner position, county may appoint medical examiner

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When the filing period for elective positions came to a close in the county last week, there was one post that remained wide open — coroner. Recently retired Dr. Ricard Puumala, who has retained the elective position since 1970, earlier announced that he would not run for another term. That, and the failure of any prospective candidates to step up to the plate, could leave a gaping hole as of Jan. 1, 2015, unless alternative plans are made.

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