Monday, May 13, 2013

The Four-Year-Old Mayor Of Dorset, Minnesota

Now for something a little light, for a change.

Dorset, Minnesota located between Nevis and Park Rapids has a whopping 22 people living there. So every year they choose the next mayor by picking a name out of a hat. Robert Tufts got the 2012/2013 mayoral seat. What's notable about Bobbie, as he's also called, is that he's a precocious, spit-fire of a four year old who dances, sings, fishes and now runs Dorset.

“He’s amazing. He’s just completely amazing,” said Kathy Schmidt, whose family has lived in the area for four generations. “He’s right in your face and well-spoken. You can’t imagine what a ball of fire he is.”


The mayor says he has but one girlfriend, the first lady Sophia.

Dorset is about a century old, coming together as a railroad passed through the area. Years ago it lost the status of “town” said Schmidt, “when they took away the zip code.”

Decisions in the town are made by local businesses, so there isn’t much for a mayor to do. Dorset calls itself the “Restaurant Capital of the World” because it allegedly has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else.

The population, 22, varies depending on who you talk to.

“It depends on how many children the preacher has,” Schmidt laughed.

You can see an interview with Bobbie here.


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