A hush falls over the poker table set up in this kitchen in a typical Baxter home. One of the players goes all in, sliding his small stack of chips to the center of the pot. The only other player left in the game sneaks one final peak at his cards, maybe hoping they improved since the flop, maybe because he can't believe he already bet so much that he can't back out now.
Although he'd recently mulled over the idea of running for county board, former Crow Wing County Sheriff Frank Ball said it was an early Friday morning bike ride on the Dewing Highway that clinched the decision for him.
ST. MATHIAS - Frank Ball's resume must have impressed U.S. State Department officials who were looking for law officers to train Afghan national police.
Voters have narrowed the candidates running for Crow Wing County's open District 1 seat to two men.
ST. MATHIAS - By now, friends of Frank Ball probably aren't surprised at any twist or turn his professional life might take.
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