STAPLES - The Staples Police Department/Emergency Management has scheduled a weather spotters course conducted by The National Weather Service from 6-8:30 p.m. April 27 at the police department, 301 Second Ave. N.E.
The purpose of the course is to learn how to recognize and report severe weather conditions such as tornados, hail, flooding, etc. This is a rescheduled class.
To attend, contact the Staples Police Department at (218) 894-1841 by April 24 and include an approximate number of people in your party.
Brainerd man graduates from State Patrol Training Academy
ST. PAUL - Isaac Ray, 27, of Brainerd, graduated April 3 from the Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy.
The ceremony was held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park, the site of the first State Patrol Academy in 1929. Ray was one of 72 graduates of the 52nd Trooper Candidate School.
Ray received an Associate of Arts degree from Central Lakes College and entered the State Patrol training academy through the agency's Law Enforcement Training Opportunity program, which allows candidates with no previous law enforcement experience to apply. Ray was one of 31 LETO graduates.
Previously, Ray served in the Army National Guard.
The State Patrol Training Academy is a 12-week program that teaches candidates skills they need to become Minnesota state troopers.
"These new troopers have many challenges ahead in their new careers," Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the State Patrol, said in a news release. "Our academy prepares them to handle stressful situations and positively impact road safety."
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