Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

A newer face in a familiar place

Getting to know MLPD's newest officer

 

March 15, 2018

Lois E. Johnson

Travis Magdzas is the new Moose Lake police officer.

Travis Magdzas is glad to be back in the area he knows since he joined the Moose Lake Police Department as a full-time officer in mid-February.

"It's always been a dream of mine to work in the area where my family is," he said in a recent interview. "I enjoy small-town policing. In large towns, you get lost in the shuffle. You don't get to know the other officers or anything about them."

Magdzas grew up in Duluth and graduated from Denfield High School.

"My mom's side lived in the Esko-Cloquet area," he said. "I have a place in Carlton."

He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and then went on to further education at the University of Minnesota in Crookston. He completed his skills training back at Fond du Lac College.

While at Fond du Lac College, Magdzas said he played baseball and earned a baseball scholarship to Minnesota Crookston, where he also played.

He added that he likes to body build, and he worked as a bouncer at Grandma's Sports Garden while he was at Fond du Lac college. He also likes to fish and hunt and has a goal of owning a home on a lake someday.

After completing his education, Magdzas started a job search.

"I was hired within a month at Crookston," he said. "I was familiar with the town because I had gone to college there."

Magdzas explained Crookston as a community with a 9-10,000 population, located east of Grand Forks. The police department consisted of 15 officers. But he applied for the officer position in Moose Lake when that became available.

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm has expressed his gratitude for Magdzas and his skills. He told the city council that he is going to rely on the experience that Magdzas gained in using the new computer software, Zucher, that the Moose Lake Police Department will install in early April.

"We just got it in Crookston in November or December," said Magdzas. "I got a jump start on learning. I'll be helping the guys with it.

"With Zucher, we will be able to interact with other counties. From a report-writing standpoint, it makes the job easy and quick."

As he patrols the community, Magdzas said he is looking forward to meeting people.

"That's how I like to police," he said. "I like community involvement and engagement. I like to stop and talk to people and develop relationships. That's extremely vital.

"We are all one big family. The community leans on us but we also lean on them. That is the biggest thing.

"For now, I am just trying to soak everything in."

 

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