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Support for law enforcement focus of Conrad visit

Mouse River Journal of Towner, North Dakota

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Senator discusses local concerns with McHenry County leaders, law enforcement

TOWNER - Senator Kent Conrad met last Wednesday with leaders from Towner and the surrounding communities to discuss a range of issues of importance to McHenry County, including the utilization of more than $140,000 in federal funding to support law enforcement officers.

"The members of North Dakota law enforcement take great personal risk to protect our communities," Senator Conrad said. "It is essential that we retain these officers so they can continue to keep our neighborhoods safe. I am

proud to have played a role in securing the funding to maintain our law enforcement personnel at the necessary level."

The McHenry County Sheriffs Office recently received a $142,411 federal grant under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP). The grant was used to retain a sheriff's deputy position that would otherwise have been cut and to update essential equipment needed to maintain local law enforcement.

After hearing from community leaders on issues of local concern, Senator Conrad outlined his efforts

in the Senate to retain jobs in key areas such as public safety and education. The Senator also laid how Congress is working to spur national economic recovery and create jobs.

Among those meeting with Senator Conrad were County Commission Chair Gregg Boutilier; State Senator Ryan Taylor; Maria Effertz Hanson, Job Development Authority; Sheriff Marvin Sola and Deputy Trey Skager; County Commissioner Vern Kongslie; States Attorney' Robin Thompson Gordon; and Towner community representative Lyle Carpenter;.

The Towner meeting was one in a series of local leadership roundtables that Senator Conrad is holding across North Dakota. To date, Senator Conrad has visited about 30 counties throughout the state.



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Original Publication Date: September 1, 2010



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