Skip to main content
Publish date:

Longville's famous town dog, Bruno, killed by car

The 14-year-old pooch was a local celebrity.
Author:

Sad news from northern Minnesota, where the small town of Longville has lost a beloved local celebrity.

For years the sight of Bruno walking around the community brought joy to the town's 150 residents.

That tragically ended on Sunday though, when it was announced that Bruno had to be put to sleep after he was struck by a car on Hwy. 84, during one of his regular walks into town.

If you need to know how much of a big deal Bruno was in Longville, the announcement was made on his very own Facebook fan page, "Bruno of Longville," such was his fame.

Related:

– Sign up for our daily newsletters.

His owner Larry LaVallee let the 14-year-old pooch roam free around Longville, often making 4-mile walks into town on his own to say hello to his many friends.

In 2015, the community recognized Bruno by erecting a statue to their "town dog and ambassador," a move which attracted attention from national media.

It's this statue that means that while Bruno has gone, his legacy will continue.

"He made many friends and put on many miles," Bruno's Facebook page said, noting he was buried on the LaVallee family property, with visitors welcome to say goodbye.

Next Up

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

brian ingram

Woodfired Cantina closes at Keg and Case in St. Paul

Restaurateur Brian Ingram is focusing on growing his other concepts.

Related

Search for 'Dork' the elusive emu captivates Minnesota town

Locals have been sharing sightings, and even creating T-shirts about the bird.

Family reunited with dogs stolen in St. Paul

They were in a van that was stolen from downtown.

Iron Range man drowns trying to save dog

The 56-year-old died shortly after being pulled from the water.

Jager Settergren's

Fundraiser in Linden Hills to build statue of beloved hardware store dog

The late pooch was referred to as the 'unofficial mayor of Linden Hills.'

Screen Shot 2019-10-18 at 12.04.11 PM

Minnesotans open their hearts and wallets for dog hit by vehicle

The dog's owner has been located after a public appeal by an animal rescue.

Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 7.38.28 AM

Duke the dog, Mayor of Cormorant, dies at 13

He was a good mayor, and a very good boy.