Robert "Bobby" Tufts hasn't made it to preschool yet, but the mayor of a tiny tourist town in northern Minnesota has already been elected twice. Mayor Tufts' name was picked yesterday during the annual Taste of Dorset festival to be mayor of Dorset for a second term. The town has no formal city government and a population of just 22 to 28, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town. The voting wasn't exactly rigorous, though.
Anyone could vote as many times as they like—for $1 a vote—at any of the ballot boxes in stores around town, and a random man was picked from the crowd to draw the name out of a clear tub (after being blindfolded twice). But Bobby, who turns 5 in October, does have an agenda, per his mom: raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley and getting a new welcome sign for Dorset, which bills itself as the Restaurant Capital of the World. And he's actually tackling it: The town already raised $750 from a walk this summer and planned to donate half the proceeds of yesterday's T-shirt sales to the charity. (Perhaps a 4-year-old mayor is less strange than a "dead" one?)