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Nicholas Tabbert of Parkers Prairie lines up with his fellow Minnesota State Patrol cadets during their graduation Friday from trooper candidate school. Tabbert will work out of the State Patrol's Walker office.

New class of troopers is largest in state's history

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - Erick Sjodin is among a new breed of Minnesota State Patrol troopers.

The married father of three spent years in other professions before he decided to apply skills he had learned to law enforcement.

Sjodin, a Wrenshall native and Duluth resident, had trained as an airplane pilot and mechanic, but his college education included a law enforcement degree from University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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