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STATE TROOPER ANDY SCHMIDT retired from his duties as public information officer for the Detroit Lakes district on Tuesday. A native of Albany, Minn., he and his wife, Nancy, reside in Staples.

'Trooper Andy' says goodbye

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For more than a decade now, "Trooper Andy" Schmidt has been the voice of the Minnesota State Patrol in this part of the state.

In his role as public information officer for the State Patrol, Schmidt has appeared on radio talk shows throughout the area, written the "Ask A Trooper" column that runs in the Detroit Lakes newspaper (among others), and even given the occasional school presentation on driver safety.

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