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Sheriff’s deputies hope to create memorial for fellow deputy killed in 1923

Published 06/01/2013, Grand Forks Herald

The newspaper stories, nearing 100 years old, are confusing to say the least. Why Portano, also referred to as Pirritano, maddeningly, for any newspaper person, went on his murderous spree Nov. 16, 1923, will probably never be known. But for Beltrami County sheriff’s Deputies Scott Wherley and Lee Anderson, Wilson’s story merits proper recognition. And a proper memorial. He is the only deputy to die in the line of duty in the 116-year existence of the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

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