The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office has 1 K-9 Unit: Deputy Troy Wangsness and his K-9 partner “Nitro.” The K-9 Unit is used to track suspects, lost individuals, apprehend suspects, protect the deputy, and locate narcotics. The K-9's squad car is specially equipped to meet their needs.
The K-9 Unit is required to maintain a high level of skill and continuous training. Some of their duties include the following:
Community drug education/demonstrations
Narcotic sweeps of correctional facilities
Neighborhood drug activity suppression
Participation in narcotics interdiction efforts
Recovery of evidence
Service of search warrants
Traffic safety checks
We are a county funded program, therefore all of our services are free. The K-9 unit serves all of Wadena County and surrounding areas. The purchase of Nitro was donated to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office by local businesses along with private donations.
To request a K-9 demonstration or report drug activity, contact Deputy Wangsness at 218-631-7600 or via email.