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Published June 14 2012

Melton set to return to Clay County Attorney post in August

MOORHEAD – After surviving a military deployment and medical issues, Clay County Attorney Brian Melton is expected to return to Moorhead on Friday – and immediately leave again for Duluth to run a marathon, interim County Attorney Michelle Lawson said.

Melton has been on military leave since March 2011. He’s expected to return to the county attorney’s office in early August, according to Lawson, who said staffers are “thrilled that he’s going to be back and thrilled that he appears to have made a full recovery.”

Melton was hospitalized in February at a U.S. military facility in Germany for what eventually was diagnosed as encephalitis. He spent about two and a half months at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and continues to receive outpatient treatment, Lawson said.

Brain scans in Germany also revealed a significant pituitary tumor, but Lawson said that turned out not to be the cause of Melton’s symptoms, which included seizures and personality changes. Doctors planned to remove the tumor, but Lawson said she didn’t know if that had happened yet.

Before being sidetracked by medical issues, Melton had been training for the Fargo Marathon. Now, Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday in Duluth will be his first marathon, Lawson said.

Melton, a lieutenant colonel in the Minnesota National Guard, was stationed in Kuwait. It was his third overseas deployment, having previously served in Iraq and Bosnia.