Iowa town’s police force down to 1 officer

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The police force has dropped to a lone officer in the northern Iowa town of Northwood.

Mayor Jane Bloomingdale says Officer Justin Nerlien turned in his resignation on Tuesday. He’d been hired in November.

The resignation leaves only Dennis Paulson on the force. He started in May last year.

Bloomingdale says off-duty Worth County deputies are patrolling Northwood, which is paying them by the hour.

She says that will continue until the city hires more officers and a chief.

Northwood has about 2,000 residents and sits just a few miles from the Minnesota state line.

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