By Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen

One of the most rewarding parts of my job as Douglas County Sheriff is talking with you — the people that live, work and visit Douglas County. Summer weather offers some great opportunities to do that. Until this summer, Ralph Bradley served the City of Carlos as its police chief. Some of my deputies and I had a chance to wish him well in his retirement at the annual community night event in Carlos on July 30. We were also able to visit with the great people of Carlos.

The sheriff’s office serves the entire county, so we attend and participate in a lot of different events. On Aug. 6, we met with folks in Miltona and Osakis at their community nights, and we are looking forward to visiting with people at the Douglas County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 17. Chief Deputy Jason Peterson and I will be there each day, along with other sheriff’s office staff and Sheriff’s Posse members. Chief Deputy Peterson won a ribbon at the fair a couple years ago so be sure to ask him about that.

You can find us in our usual spot in the Commercial Building. It’s right next to the T.A. “Dad” Erickson Pavilion. We’ll have some of our law enforcement vehicles in the building for you to see and some things to give away for the kids. Every day in the late afternoon (you’ll have to check the fair schedule), just outside the building, you can see Deputy Bob Peper and K-9, "Ozzy," and/or Deputy Ben Jarvi and K-9, "Hunter." They’ll talk about and show you why our K-9s (dogs) are such an important part of our law enforcement team.

You will also have an opportunity to sign up for CodeRED. That’s the messaging system we use to let people know about various situations in a part or all of the county. Recently, my staff and I were pursuing two young men who had fled on foot from the State Patrol. We used CodeRED to message people in that area of the situation and to lock their doors and vehicles. It is a great way to put information out and to get information back from the public. Tips from the public led to the apprehension of both men. When you stop by, we can answer all of your questions about how CodeRED works and help you sign up.

We also want to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. If you’re interested in law enforcement or working for us, we can talk about that. We have jobs that allow you to serve your community in a way that really makes a difference. Perhaps you have the skills and compassion to be an effective 911 dispatcher in our dispatch center or a correctional officer in our jail. Maybe you or someone you know wants to be a deputy sheriff. We can tell you what these careers require, and the different opportunities available to our staff.

Of course, we are also at community events so people feel safe. We want everyone to be comfortable letting us know if they have concerns or need help with something. We appreciate the opportunity local events provide us to come together as a community.