Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

In small town Minnesota: A public show of support for police officers July 30, 2016

Stopped at an intersection in Kenyon, I snapped this quick photo of the Kenyon Police Department office. The yellow sign in the KPD window reads "Every Life Matters."

Stopped at an intersection in Kenyon, I snapped this quick photo of the Kenyon Police Department office, right. The yellow sign in the KPD window reads “Every Life Matters.”

I’VE RAVED HERE SEVERAL TIMES about the Kenyon Police Department Facebook page. Police Chief Lee Sjolander’s become a bit of a celebrity for his honest, humorous and thoughtful writing. He cares. And people like him. Really like him.

A week ago Friday, the good folks of Kenyon, population around 1,800, honored Lee and his officers during an open house at the VFW in this small southeastern Minnesota community. Lines formed. Kind words were spoken and written. And the humble chief thanked his staff.

I love feel-good stories like this. With all the violence, chaos and unrest in today’s world, we need to be reminded of the positive. We need to thank those who care for us, whether personally or on a professional level. Life can be hard sometimes, really hard. But it’s easier when we are kind to one another, when we support and encourage. And express our gratitude.

This Sunday, July 31, my community of Faribault will thank local law enforcement and first responders during a candlelight vigil ceremony at 9:15 p.m. at the Rice County Courthouse.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “In small town Minnesota: A public show of support for police officers”

  1. Kudos to the fine citizens of Kenyon, for their unwavering support of their local public servants. “All Lives Matter” is what should be stressed, not for any one specific group. Misplaced loyalty is a dangerous thing as we can clearly see being reflected in the current “movements” involving the police and the black communities. Sure, there are bad cops (out of control, adrenaline junkies as I am prone to call them) but there are also some very seriously, out of control citizens (thugs, thieves and downright cruel and sadistic animals) of all races, creeds, professions, etc., etc. Each individual should be held accountable for their own actions based on the facts and not on emotional reaction brought about by instigators who may have a personal agenda which is not in the best interest of the public as a whole.

  2. Littlesundog Says:

    What a great post, Audrey. FD and I have had to call on the police a good bit lately, and we are sure to thank them each time they come to help us. I think I’ll be baking some cookies this next week to show our appreciation.

  3. Carol King Says:

    What a beautiful, positive and uplifting story! So important to publicize the good news about our police. I have great respect and appreciation for the men and women of law enforcement.
    And thanks for the tip about the chief’s FB page — I’ve already checked it out. It’s great!

  4. chlost Says:

    He does a great job of showing the human side of policing, and has brought back the concept of community policing. He deserves any accolades bestowed upon him for this.

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