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Carlton County attorney resigns after drinking before lecture

Thom Pertler quit his job as adjunct instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College after sharing two pitchers of beer with a friend at a bar before driving to teach a class at the college. He tells the Duluth News Tribune that he thinks his inability to teach the class was exacerbated by pain medication he was taking for an injury.
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Thom Pertler quit his job as adjunct instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College after sharing two pitchers of beer with a friend at a bar before driving to teach a class at the college. He tells the Duluth News Tribune that he thinks his inability to teach the class was exacerbated by pain medication he was taking for an injury.

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