Thursday, April 9, 2020

Public Safety

A Dodge Center man was killed Wednesday morning in a one vehicle rollover in Dodge County. The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 56 near U.S. Highway 14 in Wasioja Township.  The State Patrol has identified the victim as Michael Joe Anderst, 64. He was driving a 1990 Mazda Miata. Anderst...
When Kasson police chief Kent Berghuis became aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct against one of his officers, he knew it was going to be a black eye on the agency.  Having an officer accused of a crime, especially sexual abuse, is the worst nightmare for any law enforcement official. It’...
Dodge County Emergency Management director Matt Maas has undertaken an added position as Public Safety Answering Point (911 Dispatch Center) director in a merging of the two departments. Maas, Emergency Management director since 2009, replaces Mike Burton, who left the PSAP position after about 10...
Even within a public safety agency it sometimes takes a while for the real facts to surface. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office found that out recently when it discovered only one of two deputies involved in saving a man’s life back in 2010 had been recognized. Deputy Scott Prins had previously been...
Staff Photo:  Richard Johnson Kathy Klaassen, second from left, pauses for a photo with Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose, at far left; Jack Davy of the Minnesota 100 Club; and Klaassen’s children, Mark Klaassen and Jean Allen. Kathy Klaasen’s husband, former Hayfield police chief Doug Klaassen, died 18 years ago from injuries sustained while on duty. The Klaassens will travel to Washington, D.C., to honor Doug for his sacrifice.
The widow of a fallen Hayfield police chief honored locally just a few months after dying 18 years ago from injuries sustained while on duty will be making a trip along with other family members to Washington, D.C. next month to honor him for his ultimate sacrifice. Kathy Claassen of Kasson, her...
The Department of Commerce’s Consumer Services Center is available to help consumers with questions, concerns, or complaints following a damaging storm, flood, or tornado.   High winds on March 6 caused extensive damage around southeastern Minnesota. A barn was moved off its foundation on the Wayne...
uesday, March 7 was “Action Day” in Minnesota – a statewide day designated to end domestic violence.    Unfortunately, every community struggles with domestic violence. Dodge County is no exception.  It happens here in Dodge County and throughout Minnesota.  We stand with more than 20 other...
Sheriff Scott Rose is proud of the accomplishments his office makes in providing public safety to the residents of Dodge County.  In continuing with an effort to recognize those achievements, Rose held the second annual awards banquet Friday night at the American Legion in Kasson.  “This office...
Recently, we’ve done some training that has gained local media attention:  The Active Shooter Training we did in the Dodge County Courthouse in December, and the Simulation Training (shoot/no shoot scenarios) that we did last week.    The majority of responses we heard about our efforts were very...


Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944


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