The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program has openings for interested youth in grades 9-12 (and up to age 21).

Students in the Explorer Program learn first-hand the duties and responsibilities of police officers. Exploring is focused on teaching youth about career fields that might interest them and encouraging them to prepare for the future. In doing so, the program builds self-worth and self-confidence in youth.

By bringing interested youth and police officers together on a regular basis, the explorers are able to apply the information and tactics they learn in mock situations at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Conference each April, and at the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference.

The National Conference is held every other summer in a major metropolitan area, such as Washington D.C. or Flagstaff, AZ.

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The conferences provide the explorers with opportunities to meet with their peers, be exposed to law enforcement agencies at the state and federal levels, and the chance to receive college scholarship money through their participation in the mock situations.

More information can be found online at mnleexplorer.org. The first meeting will be held on Sunday. Meetings take place in the Pike Lake area every other Sunday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions or are interested in the program, please email Deputy Sean Clark or Deputy Alyssa Schlichting.


Natalie Peterson announced her resignation from the Hermantown City Council on Monday.

Peterson’s resignation was due to her moving outside of the City of Hermantown.

“The last eight years of being on the City Council have been some of the most rewarding moments I have had while living in Hermantown,” said Peterson. “I have always been grateful to be able to work with a council, staff and community that truly care about continuing to make Hermantown an incredible hometown. This isn’t just a tag line; it is something that is truly felt in Hermantown. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to raise my children here, live here, and serve the community in many ways. There are several memories, moments and accomplishments that will always be remembered, and no matter where I am I will always continue to have Hawk Pride.”

Peterson was key in moving forward a variety of initiatives and projects during her tenure as a city councilor. Her efforts helped the Essentia Wellness Center come to fruition, as well as the success of the Hermantown Marketplace, Hermantown Square, the city’s updated branding and messaging, and the creation of the Boulder Trail – the initial section of the Hermantown Connector Trail System.

“Natalie has been a dedicated and engaged member of our community for as long as I have known her and she brought that passion to her role as a City Council member,” said John Mulder, Hermantown’s City Administrator. “She was active in helping our community grow by her leadership and support on a number of significant projects that will serve our community for decades.”

Peterson, who called Hermantown home for more than two decades, was also an important proponent of the community’s “Hawk Pride” initiative to help build Hermantown’s new schools.

Peterson’s resignation leaves an opening on the City Council, but with an election approaching in a few months, plans are to leave the seat vacant until it is filled by Hermantown voters in November.


Register for another FREE Northland Diversity in Aging Series on September 15!


Bringing generations together is one of the best ways to promote health and well-being and build community. To learn more about intergenerational community building and available programs in the Northland, check out the FREE virtual Northland Diversity in Aging Series on Thursday, September 15, from 11 am – 1 pm (CST), featuring the Executive Director of Generations United, Donna Butts, and other local experts.


To further promote conversations across cultures and generations, this event is a collaborative effort between Duluth Aging Support, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, Northland Foundation, The College of St. Scholastica’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Gerontology Program. It is open to all community members, including students, professionals, and caregivers.


To register your spot for FREE today, check out: dasevents.org/ndia4

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