We just had to take another opportunity to commend Missoula County’s newest sheriff, Carl Ibsen, on that gnarly nose tickler. He’s sported the trusty handlebar for years now, but he played it up more than ever during his close race for office last fall, splashing it all over his yard signs and fliers. Questions arose. Did the impressive cookie duster give Ibsen super powers? Was he born with it, and if so, could he provide a long-form birth certificate to back the fact? Was it the source of any animosity with outgoing Sheriff Mike McMeekin, whose own mouser paled in comparison? Ibsen eventually divulged the secret behind the soup strainer to the Indy: “Lots of wax.” Neither of his opponents had so much as a sideburn, leading us to believe the mustache, in part, won him the election.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)