Small Town in Minnesota Re-elects Four-Year-Old Mayor

Dorset's a very small town


Like many four year olds, Bobby Tufts is set to start preschool this September.

But Tufts isn't just your average toddler. At age three, he was elected mayor of his small tourist town of Dorset, Minn., and on Sunday, the town reelected him for his second term.

Dorset, which is the self-proclaimed "Restaurant Capital of the World" with a grand total of four restaurants, has an annual food festival the first week of August called the "Taste of Dorset." As part of this time-honored tradition, the mayor for the town is elected, too.

Dorset has no formal city government and the mayor has no official duties, since it was incorporated as part of the nearby town of Park Rapids when ZIP codes were created. Currently, no more than 28 people inhabit Dorset, depending on whether the minister and his family are in town.