Anoka County Sheriff’s Office holds open house

Whether they were walking by the crime lab or in a holding cell, seeing the inside of an emergency command vehicle or boat or listening to stories from an Anoka County historian, a Sept. 18 open house gave Anoka County residents a chance to learn about the past and present of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

The three-hour event featured displays of vehicles from the sheriff’s office as well as Allina and the Andover Fire Department. North Memorial Hospital even brought in a helicopter.

Vickie Wendel and Todd Mahon of the Anoka County Historical Society were on-hand to sell a book Wendel recently completed on the first 153 years of the sheriff’s office. The books will also be on sale at the Anoka County Historical Society, 2135 Third Ave. N, in Anoka. Call Wendel at 763-421-0600 or email [email protected] for more information.

The main community room contained a number of educational displays so parents could find out more about child car seats and bike helmets, the B.U.L.L.Y. Foundation or the Family Promise of Anoka County non-profit that offers the homeless shelter in area churches.

Jordan Haussner, 7, of Coon Rapids fits his arm into a pair of handcuffs while 4-year-old Jocelyn watches her brother. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office held an open house Sept. 18 at its Andover facility. Photos by Eric Hagen Starting front, going clockwise: Blaine residents Destiny Larson, 14, Anastsia Copeland, 8, and A.J. Copeland, 10, sit in an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office airboat at a Sept. 18 open house. John Peach, 7, and Jedidiah Peach, 2 1/2, of Andover try on a couple of Andover firefighters’ turnout gear. Andover firefighter Tiffany Edstrom shows Conner Christian, 5, and his brother Ethan, 6, how to properly hold and shoot a fire hose. Frank Arthur, 2 1/2, of Blaine checks out the inside of an Allina ambulance at the Sept. 18 Anoka County Sheriff’s Office open house in Andover. Anoka County Sheriff’s Office K9 handler Patrick Darsow runs 4-year-old German Shepherd Brodie through a few obstacles for a crowd at the sheriff’s office open house. A North Memorial Hospital helicopter dropped into the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office open house.
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Jordan Haussner, 7, of Coon Rapids fits his arm into a pair of handcuffs while 4-year-old Jocelyn watches her brother. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office held an open house Sept. 18 at its Andover facility. Photos by Eric Hagen

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]