by Dennis Dalman
Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck will be running unopposed on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election.
Heck, sheriff since 2015, filed for re-election several weeks ago. Heck has been with Benton County law enforcement for 24 years, as a patrol officer, an investigative sergeant and as a member of the Central Minnesota Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Heck has a law-enforcement degree from Normandale Community College.
In his press releases, Heck emphasized he would like to find new ways to use state-of-the-art technology in law enforcement and strengthen the ties between law enforcement, area youth and all kinds of social groups.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.