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Fillmore County Sheriff candidacy announcement


Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Government

Rochester Police Shift Commander, Lt. Tom Kaase announces his candidacy for Fillmore County Sheriff. He has served with the Rochester Police Department for the past 18 years in the capacities of patrolman, community policing officer, investigator, narcotics investigator assigned to the Southeastern Minnesota Drug Task Force, sergeant, and now currently lieutenant. Previously to Rochester, he served with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department for over 11.5 years as a dispatcher/jailer, deputy, investigator, D.A.R.E. officer, and sergeant. While at Fillmore County, he worked for the cities of Preston, Harmony, Mabel, and Chatfield as a patrol officer.

A continuous Fillmore County resident for over 50 years, Kaase’s public service is not only limited to law enforcement. He is a former Preston ambulance member, served on the Kingsland School Board for nine years, and is currently in his second term as a Fillmore County Commissioner serving District 1. As a Fillmore County Commissioner, Commissioner Kaase serves as chair of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Public Safety Committee (representing all 87 counties), the AMC Futures Committee, the Criminal Justice and Juvenile Task Force (convened by the Supreme Court Justice), the State Radio Board, the Regional Radio Board, Chair of the Legislative Committee for the State Radio Board, and numerous other committees both law enforcement and non-law enforcement related.

Kaase received his Law Enforcement Degree from Rochester Community College. He has attended the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) Management series. He has also attended the FBI Leadership and Supervision Training. In his almost 30 years in law enforcement, he has attended a multitude of other trainings and classes.

Kaase’s reason for running Fillmore County Sheriff? “I began my career in law enforcement in November of 1984, almost 30 years ago, with Fillmore County as a dispatcher/jailer and would like to come full-circle and complete it by being the next Fillmore County Sheriff. The capacities I have served in at Fillmore County, the Rochester Police Department, as a Kingsland Board member, and as a Fillmore County Commissioner has afforded me the real life training and experience that I believe are unmatched and make me the best candidate for Sheriff. My leadership philosophies are simple: Professionalism, Fairness, and Customer Service! In all the people I have supervis .....
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city co ..... 
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Houston City Council amends city several city codes

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on May 12. Before the regularly scheduled meeting a public hearing was held to discuss a draft of ordinances that will amend city code in several areas. Changes were made to several ordinances including trees, ..... 
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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve Sa ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears update on Lanesboro Arts Campus

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro School Board met on Tuesday, May 13 for a regular monthly meeting. All members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Jeff Boggs and Courtney Bergey from the Lanesboro Arts Center also present. Bergey addressed the s ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve S ..... 
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City of Mabel continues search for ambulance crew members

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on May 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. One bid from Donald Garness was received for the lot across from the nursing home that the city is selling. The council approved a motion to accept the bid. ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city c ..... 
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