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Detroit Lakes man awarded $2,000 law enforcement scholarship by Becker County Sheriff

Jordan Skadsem, of Detroit Lakes, was awarded a $2,000 law enforcement education scholarship from Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander on Jan. 6, 2021. Skadsem is in his second year at Vermilion Community College and is training to become wildlife law enforcement officer.

Jordan Skadsem, right, of Detroit Lakes, receives a $2,000 scholarship for his continued law enforcement training from Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander on Jan. 6, 2021. The scholarship was one of fifteen awarded by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association to law enforcement students across Minnesota. (Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune)
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A Detroit Lakes man was presented with a $2,000 law enforcement education scholarship by Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander on Thursday.

Jordan Skadsem is currently enrolled in his second year at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota and is enrolled in their wildland law enforcement program on a path to become a wildlife officer.

"I can go federal, like a park ranger, or I can come back here and be a city cop, be a sheriff's (deputy)," said Skadsem. "You gotta take all the opportunities you can, any scholarship, free money, you gotta jump on that."

He said he grew up fishing and hunting and loves the outdoors. Adding, he thought being close to something you love is a great opportunity to be happy with a career.

The award was one of 15 given on Jan. 6 and was part of a larger program across Minnesota coordinated by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association, which has been giving out scholarships for law enforcement education for decades.


"He called me ahead of time and asked to meet me and visit with me, and I thought that was very honorable to want to tell me a little bit about himself and why he was applying," said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. "Obviously, in law enforcement, we need good candidates and Jordan fits exactly what we need. Someone who cares and wants to do his best in this profession and is doing everything possible to make it happen."

Glander also he said he won this same scholarship in 1992, but admitted it wasn't the same dollar amount.

"We are proud as members of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association to be able to do this on behalf of these students," Glander said.

He even hinted that Skadsem might make a good sheriff in a few years.

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