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Scott Wente, Published April 04 2009

Mahnomen County receives support from law enforcement

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said he has witnessed law enforcement officers’ generosity.

The sheriff on Friday told incoming Minnesota State Patrol officers about the support and assistance his office and the family of Mahnomen sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Dewey received after Dewey was shot while on duty in February.

Officers from all over Minnesota and elsewhere responded almost immediately after Dewey was severely injured while investigating a report of gunshots in the northwestern Minnesota town of Mahnomen. Police officers and deputies from other counties descended on Mahnomen County, and State Patrol troopers offered to escort Dewey’s wife to the hospital.

“That was remarkable,” Krier told the 72 State Patrol cadets and hundreds of their relatives.

Dewey’s father-in-law, Ross Boulden, joined Krier on stage during the

troopers’ graduation ceremony in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb.

Boulden said relatives were amazed at the support they received from officers in North Dakota and Minnesota when his son-in-law was hospitalized in Fargo after the shooting.

“It’s one of those things (that) unless you need it, you don’t understand it,” Boulden said after the ceremony.

Wente works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum. He can be reached at (651) 290-0707