First events kick off next week

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a series of “Coffee with a Cop” events to encourage opportunities where law enforcement and citizens can come together in an informal setting to discuss concerns, build relationships and to get to know each other better. The initiative will launch next week in various eastern Polk County communities, with plans to work its way toward western Polk County.

    Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman says the PCSO has invited its “partners” from the Minnesota State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources to join in the events. “Strengthening relationships with our citizens is important and vital as we work together to keep our county safe,” Erdman said in a release announcing the initiative.

    The first trio of events will take place as follows:

    • Gully Café, 301 South Main Street, Gully, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17; Fosston City Hall, 220 East First Street from 9 – 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19;
Lengby Community Hall, 104 N. Main Ave., Lengby, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday April 25.

    More events will follow in other communities in Polk County as “Coffee With a Cop” works its way west.

    Erdman says everyone needs to always remember, should you have a situation or circumstance where you need to talk with a law enforcement officer or need assistance, contact the Polk Sheriff’s Office at 281-0431. For emergency assistance always dial 911.

    Any questions on the Coffee with a Cop events can be directed to Erdman at 281-0431 or, or to Chief Deputy Jim Tadman at