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From our files: February 2006

-Messenger file photo
Barney Essing, then the Pocahontas police chief, sits in his office facing Highway 3 in the Princess City. The photo of Barney Fife on his bulletin board of police patches reminds him of the good-natured kidding of townsfolk. In 2006, Essing had been in Pocahontas County law enforcement for 32 years.

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