Blackduck Mayor resigns over controversial Facebook meme

The Mayor of Blackduck has resigned.

Mayor Patch posted a controversial image on his Facebook page, which, according to some screen shots taken, showed a bloody vehicle with a caption that said “I don’t know what you mean by protestors on the freeway, I came through no problem”

Patch said in his resignation announcement that he did not find the image humorous, and that it was, “meant for the individual to recognize how bad it could be to drive through protestors.”

Patch continued to say “protests can, and do send a strong message,” and that he “would like for everyone to work together as a team.”

The Blackduck City Council was going to meet for an emergency meeting to discuss a social media post made by Patch, but the meeting was canceled when Patch submitted his resignation.

Patch was a Blackduck city official for eight years, according to his announcement.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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