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Carr seeks 4th term as Wadena County Sheriff

Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr, announced this week he will seek a fourth term as sheriff.

Carr, who was first elected sheriff in 2006, has worked in law enforcement for 24 years. He started his career working with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office in 1994 and the Wadena County Sheriff's Office in 1995. He worked with the Verndale and Staples Police Departments as a part-time officer, and then as a patrol officer for the Menahga, Baxter, and Wadena Police Departments, and eventually for the Wadena County Sheriff's Office as a full-time deputy sheriff.

Carr has an Associate of Arts degree from Brainerd Community College, Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and Skills Component Training from Hibbing Community College. He is a 2007 Graduate of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association School and 2008 graduate of the National Sheriff's School in Longmont, Colo. He served as president of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association in 2017 and currently sits on the 2018 board of directors as past president. Carr has attended many leadership training courses throughout his career, and has specialized in many areas of law enforcement including adult and child protection investigation, narcotics investigation, field training officer and as a team leader of the Wadena/Hubbard County Swat Team.

"As Sheriff, I have always appreciated the support that the people of Wadena County have shown me," Carr said. "I feel that there is no greater honor than serving in the county I have grown up in and raised my family, just like many of you. My loyalty to you and this county is something I take very seriously, day in and day out, something that I am always aware of every time I put on this uniform, which you have given me the privilege to wear."

Carr said that after being elected sheriff at age 34, he believes he is in the prime of his professional career, and believes he has assembled a top-notch staff to deliver law enforcement service to the county.

In the past 11 years, the WCSO has focused on how they have responded to day-to-day calls, on technology advancements, on a drug task force to rid the county of drugs, on working with school administrations to make our schools safer, and on the several natural disasters that have occurred in the county.

"The people I work with in our Sheriff's Office, and in our local police departments, fire departments, first response units and ambulance services in Wadena County are some of the best people in the business," said Sheriff Carr. "Success in any organization depends the people in it, and I am thankful for and proud of the men and women I work with every day, and happy to call them my friends."

The filing period for the county sheriff position runs from May 22 to June 7.

Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since Nov. 2017.

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