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Minnesota State Patrol Captain Bruce Hentjes retired Tuesday after 35 years in law enforcement, 34 of them with the State Patrol. Hentjes will be replaced as commander of the Detroit Lakes State Patrol office by Brian Cheney, whose promotion from lieutenant to captain became official on July 1.

Hanging up his keys: Capt. Bruce Hentjes retires from MN State Patrol

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Law enforcement has been a part of Bruce Hentjes’ life for as long as he can remember.

“My dad was a part-time police officer in Mound, which is my hometown,” Hentjes says, adding, “It kind of runs in the family.”


But Hentjes was the first to join the Minnesota State Patrol, in the fall of 1979, after a year with the Buffalo Lake Police Department in Renville County.

“My older brother later became a trooper, and my uncle did too,” he says. “They’re both retired now.”

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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