Mike and Julie Peterson’s van had been found in Minneapolis, Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm announced at the meeting of the Carlton County TRIAD on Wednesday, June 5, at the community center in Moose Lake.
The ceremonial rifles that had been used in the Memorial Day services earlier in the day that the van was stolen were not in the van when it was found, Bogenholm added. He said that he was working with the Minneapolis Police Department to have the van returned to its owners.
Julie Peterson reported at the school board meeting on Monday, June 10, that the van had been returned that day.
Bogenholm gave a report about the groundbreaking for the expansion and remolding project at Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake, the snowmobile watercross that had been held at the city park the previous weekend, and the street dance scheduled for Saturday afternoon on June 22.
The new city administrator, Pat Oman, reported that the developer would be coming to obtain a permit that afternoon to build a McDonald’s between the AmericInn Lodge and Suites and the freeway. He said that federal regulations require that the restaurant be located on the same property as the sign.
The developer, Land and Lease, had planned to purchase land and build the McDonald’s on school district property but decided to build on property that it already owned near the motel to meet the requirements for the sign that would be visible from the freeway, Oman explained.
Sheriff Kelly Lake said that she would check with Heather Kingsporn of Lighthouse Assisted Living about holding the pancake breakfast fundraiser for TRIAD on September 13.
Two previous pancake breakfasts that had been scheduled had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.
The TRIAD state convention will be held in Brown County September 17-19, it was announced.
Sheriff Lake said that TRIAD has requested that the organization fall under the umbrella of the Sheriff’s Association for non-profit status.
The Sheriff’s Association approved the request. The association’s attorney is investigating the legality of the proposal.
Sheriff Lake reported that law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty are being remembered in a documentary, “Heroes Behind the Badge,” and in a prayer breakfast that was held on May 16. Bev Clemons, the wife of Carlton County Sheriff’s Deputy Erv Clemons, who was killed in the line of duty in Moose Lake in August 1993, attends the prayer breakfast every year.
A Law Enforcement Memorial Association assists with the funeral expenses for the fallen officers. And COPS is an organization that helps survivors.
Bogenholm added that a memorial for Deputy Clemons near the fishing pier in Moose Lake had been damaged by the flood last year. It will be refurbished. A dedication ceremony will be held at a later date.
TRIAD Chair Larry Caine suggested that TRIAD could help by holding a food drive or a similar event.
“It shows that you are not forgetting those who have fallen,” said Sheriff Lake. “That means a lot to a family.”
The next meeting of Carlton County TRIAD was set for Wednesday, July 10, at the newly remodeled Wright Senior Citizens Center at 10 a.m.