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Published October 14, 2010, 06:11 PM

Current Walsh County Sheriff and Deputy Face Off in Election

Sheriff Lauren Wild and Deputy Ron Nord are going head to head for the Sheriff's Department and the toughest part of the race is that they both work for the same county.

Walsh County will be voting in November on whether to keep the current sheriff or to elect a new one. Both candidates have many years in law enforcement and many years working together.

Sheriff Lauren Wild and Deputy Ron Nord are going head to head for the Sheriff's Department and the toughest part of the race is that they both work for the same county.

Nord says Walsh County is ready for a change.

"I feel that for Walsh County Sheriff we can do a lot more for the communities, develop programs for community awareness such as educating the youth on snowmobile or off highway vehicle safety programs," said Ron Nord a deputy for Walsh County.

"We are busy enough here that I don't have enough man power to go out and dedicate to a school resource officer. I need my people on the street between taking reports, doing transports and doing road patrol," Sheriff Lauren Wild said.

Ron Nord says if he is elected sheriff, he will look for more funding and find new ways to make Walsh County safer with new programs.

"I would try and find as many grants and funding to try and relieve the financial burden for the Walsh County Sheriff's Department and the county commissioners and upgrade training and mostly to upgrade technology for our department," Nord said.

Sheriff Wild says the Department already has all the new equipment it needs, especially when funds are tight.

"Over the years we have gotten many many dollars out of grants but what's happening now are the grants are drying up and they are going to very dedicated and specific purposes such as homeland security," Wild said.

The one thing that both candidates have in common is that they both want to be there when needed for Walsh County.

"I guess I just want to be there for the communities whether its on a weekend or evening whatever that I would be there to support them I've been there on their good days and on their bad days," said Nord.

"People are not afraid to call me they will call me at home, they will call me at the office and my cell phone is out there in the world and the number of phone calls I get from citizens and I'm very pleased to get," said Wild.

In the primary, Lauren Wild got 62 percent of the vote.

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