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Nisswa: Hall sworn in as newest police officer

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Nisswa's newest police officer, Luke Hall, was sworn in Wednesday, March 16, at the Nisswa City Council meeting, and a current officer may be promoted to police sergeant in April.

Hall began working with the Nisswa Police Department in February. He interned with the department in 2009 and worked security at Grand View Lodge since 2010. He also worked with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office as a recreational assistant and with the Crow Wing County Jail as a correctional officer.

Hall graduated from Rockford High School in 2008, received an associate's degree from Central Lakes College in Brainerd and a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

Regarding a police sergeant, the council authorized police chief Craig Taylor to begin a selection process to offer an existing officer a promotion to sergeant. Taylor said which officer hasn't yet been decided.

The city had a police sergeant from 1998 until last summer, when former Sgt. Tim Holmes resigned. Current officers include three new hires in the past year — Bren Smith, Dan Lasher and Hall — and veterans Brandon Rothwell, an officer since January 2002; and Luke Hamilton, an officer since December 2003.

Fire department

The council learned four retiring firefighters were to be honored at a banquet Saturday, March 19: Ted Dullum, 26 years of service; Mike Burns, 23 years; Pat Hastings, 17 years; and Jason Murray, 10 years. Also, a plaque was presented honoring the late Branden Burnard for his 13 years as a Nisswa firefighter.

The council accepted the resignation of Holmes as assistant fire chief, and promoted Shawn Bailey to that position. Doug Buehl takes over as captain 1, Chuck Dullum is captain 2, and Joe Hall is captain 3.

Fire chief Richard Geike reported his department had 21 calls, including 18 medicals, a car accident and a carbon monoxide call in the past month.

Geike also said the department has 19 firefighters, and would like to have 25.