Reader encourages to vote Bentrud for sheriff

Mike KnaakLetter to the Editor, Opinion0 Comments

Lowell Nielsen, St. Cloud

We are having a primary election on Aug. 14 for Stearns County sheriff. We really need to have citizens get out to vote because like all midterm election years, people have a tendency to believe these times are less important. However, in the primary election on Aug. 14, we have Dave Bentrud as our Stearns County sheriff candidate who wants your vote in order to move on to the general election on Nov. 6.

This candidate, our candidate – is presently Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud, who wants to be your next Stearns County sheriff. We need a sheriff in Stearns County for the whole county not one that shows up throughout the county only at election time or remains primarily near the county seat. Counties like Stearns, which have the seat of the county in the corners and edges of the county, require a sheriff who is cognizant of this dilemma and reacts accordingly by reaching out to the out-county citizens – continually, throughout the year.  Remember this, if you are not satisfied with a status quo sheriff’s department, you must vote for change with Bentrud.  This change also comes with his designs to collaborate with other county and state agencies making sure all avenues are covered in the course of providing for the safety needs and protection of all our county’s citizens, young and old.

I have known Bentrud for more than four years, ever since joining the church where he serves as chairman of the Elder board. As the chair, Bentrud is a discerning, stable listener and thinker who does not react with a knee-jerk attitude. He is a God-fearing husband and father who is genuine and forth-coming whenever one speaks with him. He is a great teacher with a plethora of knowledge to add to the office of Stearns County sheriff, as a teacher in church classes and someone who has a lengthy tenure at St. Cloud State University as an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice. As a former county probation supervisor in the 1990s, when Bentrud was a St. Cloud police officer, it became quickly evident to me of how important and necessary sound leadership in management was required at a police chief or sheriff’s position. Dave’s the man for the job.

Please vote and tell all your friends to simply vote for (one) person who really can make a difference in the way the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department is managed; vote “BENTRUD” on Aug. 14 because we believe he and his record rise far above his opponents in this election. 

Author: Mike Knaak

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