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Devine files for re-election two days after he collapses on golf course

By any measure, Dick Devine may be a tough opponent for anyone trying to unseat him from the Hubbard County Board.

July 1 Devine played a round of golf, then attended a three-hour county meeting. Afterwards, he returned to Eagle View Golf Course for his second round that day.

"I was walking out to putt and the next thing I knew I was looking up from the grass," he recalled.

He went to St. Joseph's Area Health Services, then to a Fargo hospital for an angiogram.

Two days later he filed to retain his Dist. 2 seat on the county board.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Devine said. "They have to do something to control the speed of my heart" such as a pacemaker, he said.

But doctors will try medication first, he said. "It was the best outcome possible," Devine said. "I found out my heart was clean as a whistle."

Devine has served 12 years but is running for a fifth term. He ran twice during one term due to redistricting. Devine said he'd like to see another assisted living facility built in Hubbard County "before I give up this job."

Devine is one of two incumbents seeking re-election to the board. In Dist. 2, Lyle Robinson is seeking another four-year term.

Robinson, of Benedict, will be opposed by George M. Taylor Jr. of Laporte. Taylor filed for the race July 3.

Taylor, a Bemidji State University employee, ran unsuccessfully against Robinson two years ago in the primary. Taylor is currently an elected school board member of the Laporte School.

Robinson could not be reached for comment for this story. He took office in 1987, filling out a partial term, and has run for re-election since then.

A third candidate, Cynthia McGrath, of rural Akeley, has announced for the Dist. 4 seat, but has not filed.

The filing period began July 1 and runs until 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 15.