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Longtime former county sheriff passes away

Former Cook County Sheriff John Lyght
Former Cook County Sheriff John Lyght

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Former Cook County Sheriff John Lyght passed away on Friday, Jan. 15 at Cook County North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais.  He was 82.

Lyght was born and raised in Lutsen, the son of Hosey Posey and Stella Lyght, pioneer settlers who arrived on the North Shore in 1913.  The Lyghts were the first African American settlers on the North Shore. 

Lyght was a longtime school bus driver and deputy sheriff.  He was appointed sheriff in 1972 and won his first election two years later with 97.4 percent of the vote.  He served as sheriff of Cook County for over 22 years and was the only elected black sheriff in Minnesota history.

Services for John Lyght will be held at Lutsen Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 11:00 a.m., followed by burial at Lutsen Cemetery.