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Olmsted County Chief Deputy retires

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- After 35 years of service, a fixture at the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is retiring.

Chief Deputy Mark Darnell was recognized Friday for his service.

Darnell started the K-9 unit at the Olmsted County Sheriff's office and has served in many roles in his 35 years.

He also works with dogs on a national level.

Darnell says he has so many memories of his career that it's hard to sum it up in one way.

"It's been a long career, and it's been a good career so I can't be anything but happy," Darnell said. "I'll be very very sad. I'll miss people. I'll miss the work, but you know, it's just time. It's time."

He says in retirement he plans to keep working with police dogs and get some work done around the house.

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