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Hartog named president of state Sheriffs' Association

WORTHINGTON -- After serving five years on the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Board of Directors, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog recently stepped into the position of president of the association during a conference in Alexandria.

The association has two main goals -- to educate and legislate.

According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, who will serve as president of the association next year, legislation at the capitol is monitored by the group.

Hartog will visit Washington, D.C., next month, then Nashville, Tenn., this summer for national meetings. Other duties of the MSA president include overseeing board meetings and representing the MSA.

"It will be a busy year, with some different meetings and National Sheriffs' Association trips," Hartog stated. "But I'm excited about it."

Born in Luverne, Hartog moved to Worthington at a young age. He graduated from Worthington High School in 1978 and went on to earn a law enforcement degree from what was then Willmar Community College. He began his law enforcement career in Dodge Center in 1981, then became a deputy sheriff for Kandiyohi County a year later.

He worked as a dispatcher, patrol deputy and detective before being appointed chief deputy in 1997. Hartog ran successfully for sheriff in 2002 and has remained in that role since 2003.

He and his wife, Shelly, live on Diamond Lake. They have two grown children.