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Hank Carpenter, who has been a Detroit Lakes resident since retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1982, first became a bailiff at the Becker County Courthouse in 1988. He's logged a little over 23 years in courtrooms such as this one (above), but now plans to spend most of his summer days fishing and working in his garden.

Hanging up his uniform

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For a little over 23 years now, Hank Carpenter has been a cheerful, calming presence in the halls of the Becker County Courthouse.

But as of today, you'll probably find him out fishing -- weather permitting, that is. Hank's last day as a bailiff for Becker County was Tuesday, May 31.


A native of Staples, Hank first moved to Detroit Lakes in 1982, after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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