Bruce Ponath

Bruce Ponath

GAYLORD — Sibley County Sheriff Bruce Ponath died Saturday at a hospital in Minneapolis.

Ponath, 53, who had served as sheriff since 2003, announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election.

Patrick Nienaber, who is second in command in the department, was elected sheriff earlier this month.

Services for Ponath are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Kolden Funeral Home's online obituary did not list a cause of death.

Ponath graduated from Glencoe High School and Bemidji State University. He worked for police departments at Silver Lake, Stewart and Le Center before Sibley County's department as a deputy.