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For Those Of You Who Are Wondering About My
Past, Here's Some Information You May Find Interesting.
In April 1966, I began my career in Law Enforcement as a volunteer with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Emergency Squad. The purpose of the Emergency Squad is to respond to medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, watercraft accidents and to augment full time Police Officers and Deputy Sheriff's as needed.
In April 1967, I joined the Maple Plain (Minnesota) Police Department where I attained the rank of Sergeant. Maple Plain is a third ring suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and, at that time, had a population of approximately 1,000 residents. During this time, I designed and oversaw installation of an updated alerting system for the Maple Plain Fire Department which allowed more firefighters of the Maple Plain Volunteer Fire Department to be alerted via radio than could be alerted by use of an existing and antiquated telephone alerting system. I worked for the Village of Maple Plain until October 1969 at which time I joined the county.
My three quarters of a century of life have certainly been fun, productive, interesting and rewarding !!
I can't begin to count the many hundreds, if not thousands, of great (and not so great) people, friends, neighbors, co-workers, fans of my radio and Internet shows, etc. that I've met during my entire lifetime.
My senior year in high school (the hardest three years of my life) came to a 'crashing' close when I was hit by a car in February 1961 and I sustained two broken legs. Having to finish high school in a hospital bed in my parents living room at our home in Plymouth was 'different', to say the least. Attending graduation exercises in a wheel chair was also 'different'. Most kids, while they're growing up, want to be a Policeman or a Fireman; not me. I always wanted to become a 'disk jockey' and play 'rock and roll' music. I can remember setting up a 'pretend radio studio' in my bedroom when I was ten or twelve years old and 'playing radio' during most of my waking hours. (See a somewhat 'embarrassing' picture of me from back in the 1950's to the right. (Click on the picture to make it larger.)
Growing up, I kinda was always 'in my own little world' but that was OK; life back then was allot less complex & confusing and wasn't the 'rat race' that it is now. In these days, Police get no respect, drugs are everywhere, the 'two parent family' is pretty much a thing of the past, religion is all but nonexistent, too many people think that the world owes them a living and the generations born in the 1980's and beyond are really pretty pathetic, except for those individuals that take pride in themselves and who they are. They are the types of people that I chose to identify and associate with.
Reflecting back over my life, I wouldn't change the time period in which I grew up for ANYTHING !! I've lived in Minnesota all of my life, grew up in Richfield until the fourth grade and my first 'real job' was a 'stock boy' at the Wayzata Rexall Drug Store in the Colonial Square Shopping Center in Wayzata. I worked there from August 1961 until about April of 1966. Then, I worked at the Qik & Ezy/Nice & Ezy in Maple Plain (now called the Maple Plain Food Center); the very first combination drug/grocery store anywhere in the United States.
My 'aspirations' to become an 'on air radio personality' sort of 'evaporated' when I learned that, in 1967, the City of Maple Plain was looking for a full time Policeman. Having been a member of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Emergency Squad for about a year, I applied to the city and was hired; began working there on April 1, 1967 and stayed there until October 20, 1969 when I 'realized my dream' of becoming a radio dispatcher for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department.
My career with the Sheriff's Department was as rewarding as it is impressive. My commendations include a Letter Of Commendation
from Clarence Kelly, when he was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a letter from someone I could have arrested on a
Bench Warrant but didn't (exercised compassion instead), and everything in between that you can imagine.
Yep; life has been good; REAL good for me. Thankfully, it's nowhere near being 'over'; I've still got allot that I want to do.
Starting with listening to, and editing, about fifty, 7 inch reels if 1/4 inch magnetic recording tape; some of which were first
recorded when I attended Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis back in 1963.
WOW !! I'd better get going on that, soon !!
I also served in the United States Air Force from 1963 until 1969 as a Aircraft Crash Rescueman/Firefighter
Specialist (AFSC 57150). During that time, I received a Good Conduct Medal, Marksmanship Medal and Unit
On October 20, 1969, I became a full time Deputy Sheriff with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Communications Division. During this time, I attained the rank of Sergeant and became the Division's Training Officer.
As the Division's Training Officer, I was responsible for designing and setting up a Training Program outlining Proper Radio Procedures to be used by not only Sheriff's Department Deputies, but Countywide Police Officers and Fire Department Members for all agencies that received their emergency and routine radio dispatching service from the Sheriff's Departments' Communications Division, Volunteers of the Sheriff's Water Patrol, Sheriff's Emergency Squad, employees of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office and the Hennepin County Office of Civil Defense. I also was responsible for training various Police Department Reserve Officers as well as being the Sheriff's Department's Liaison Officer for the Mobile Amateur Radio Corps of Hennepin County (M.A.R.C.).
As the Communication Division's Training Officer, each year I also designed and presented a very popular and informative Severe Weather Seminar for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Personnel from Minnesota's Nine County Metropolitan area. I coordinated this seminar and presentation with Mr. John Graff; the Meteorologist In Charge National Weather Service Forecast Office in Minneapolis and it was held each year during Severe Weather Awareness Week at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Two Seminars were conducted each year; one in the afternoon and one in the evening to afford the maximum number of Public Safety Personnel being able to attend.
During my time as a Sergeant with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Communication Division, I served on numerous Public Safety committees and assisted in the promulgation of Rules, Regulations and Procedures governing the use of a newly implemented Statewide Police Emergency Frequency (MINSEF); 155.475 MHz. Also during this time, I coordinated Severe Weather Procedures between Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Service agencies in the seven county Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and the local National Weather Service Forecast Office in Minneapolis.
In addition to serving in the Communications Division, I also served in the Warrant Fugitive Division of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. My most notable arrest was that of a twenty-three year old male who had murdered his girlfriend as well as their three children. The killer was arrested in Wichita Falls, Kansas and I brought the fugitive back to Minnesota, without incident, to answer for the four felony murder charges against him.
I retired from active Law Enforcement on September 15, 1984; however, I kept my Minnesota Police Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) license current for another six years after my retirement.
In addition to the Public Safety organizations listed above, I also worked as a Radio Communications Officer for the West Metro District of the Minnesota State Patrol in Golden Valley.
I also was the Director of Security as well as the Night Manager for the Best Western Canterbury Inn (now known as America's Best Value Inn & Suites) in Shakopee, Minnesota.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department's Radio Communications Center As It Looked After A Major Renovation In The Early 1970's. I Became A Member Of The Sheriff's Department On October 20, 1969 and Retired From The Sheriff's Department On September 15, 1984. Don Omodt Was The Hennepin County Sheriff During My Entire Career And Is The Longest Serving Sheriff In Hennepin County History; Having Served An AstoundingTWENTY-SEVEN Years !!
On February 18, 1976, I Was
Promoted To The Rank Of Sergeant By
Hennepin County Sheriff Don Omodt.
Click On The Image Below To See Sheriff's Omodt's
'Offer Of Promotion' Letter To Me
"IF YOU KNOW THE JOURNEY BEFOREHAND, YOU'LL NEVER LEARN ANYTHING ALONG THE WAY."
Click On The Images Below To See A Few Of The
Many Commendations That I Received During
My Law Enforcement Career
You may think that the 'story' ends here. But it doesn't. Leaving Law Enforcement is a very difficult thing to do; just ask any 'cop' that you know.
So, you ask; "What's a 'retired cop' to do"?
The obvious answer is "Go to work for another agency." That's just what I did; I then went to work for the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Department of Emergency Communications.
Here, I answered, and dispatched, calls from the public that were seeking 'routine' and emergency Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services assistance.
After that, and STILL wanting to help make schools, cities, communities and counties safer, I worked for Anoka County (Minnesota) Central Communications; the 9-1-1 Center for all Police and Sheriff's Departments, all Fire Departments and All Emergency Medical Services operating in Anoka County.
In approximately December 1974 while working part time for a local ambulance company based in Minneapolis but providing service to southern and western Hennepin County, I also became one of the first Nationally and State Registered Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance (EMT - A) and have maintained my C.P.R. (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Certification (well; almost) continuously.
I am also a National Incident Management System (N.I.M.S.) certified in Parts 100, 200 and 700, a 'SkyWarn' Trained Weather Spotter for the National Weather Service as well as having been an Amateur Radio (Ham) Operator for well over fifty years.
PLEASE NOTE: The Certificate above, and the letter to the right of it, are 're-creations' of documents actually received previously,
but were not of significant quality, because of their age, to be copied so they could be posted on this Website.
Please Send Me Your Comments & Thoughts !!
Please Send Me Your Comments & Thoughts !!
Please Send Me Your Comments & Thoughts !!
Please Send Me Your Comments & Thoughts !!
After finally leaving the Public Safety profession completely, I then worked as a disk jockey/announcer/producer/engineer
at radio station KCHK-AM in New Prague (Minnesota)
from April 2002 until January 2004. During that time,
I had local Law Enforcement Officers as frequent
guests on this daily five hour radio show.
Periodically, I also worked as a disk jockey/announcer/producer/engineer at radio station
KRDS-FM with studios also located in New Prague (Minnesota) from April 2002 until January 2004.
Station Manager, Tom Goetzinger, hired me for this first 'REAL JOB' in broadcasting; I shall be ever greatful to him
for helping me attain one (of many) of my lifetime goals.
Like with KCHK (above), this, too, was a
'great time' working withgreat people.
Sometime after leaving commercial broadcasting, I began hosting an hour long Olde Tyme Music Show that is heard around the world four times a week via the Internet onwww.247polkaheaven.com. Guests on my Internet Program included local Carver County (Minnesota) Sheriff Byron 'Bud' Olson, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek as well as former Carver County Attorney Mike Fahey, now a judge for the Scott County (Minnesota) District Court.
A couple of years ago, I changed the name of my program from "THE DELTA DICK SHOW" to simply "THE DELTA SHOW". Or, "THE DELTA BROADCAST". My 'Official Website' Iswww.thedeltashow.com.
In addition to playing your favorite Olde Tyme & Variety Music onwww.247polkaheaven.com, I now also host an 'open forum' type of Internet show that features interesting people with interesting ideas talking about interesting topics. These shows are unscripted, have no topic or time restraints and have proven to be very popular with listeners worldwide.
All of these shows are 'spontaneous'; that is, there is no 'rehearsal' beforehand. I do not charge anyone or any organization who appears on my shows and this 'open forum' is available to agencies or interesting individuals who have interesting information to share about interesting topics.
To get a better understanding of what these interviews consist of and how they are conducted, please go to my"THE DELTA BROADCASTS" Webpage. Here, you will be able to listen to selected interviews with Sheriffs Olson and Stanek, as well as other previously recorded interviews 24/7; 'On Demand'.
This Was My Company; A Company That I Designed And Started In 1991
Since 1991, Working With Local Law Enforcement To Help Make America A
Safer Place In Which To Live, Learn and Work; One Community At A Time.
I closed this company on August 1, 2012 after twenty-one very successful years of service.
In the late summer of 2012, I thought I'd lower my standards and 'give (local) politics a shot' and was elected to a four year term as a City Councilmember and began serving in 2013, for the City of Hamburg (Minnesota); a small city in southwestern Carver County having just over 500 residents. I began my political career in the summer of 2012 by seeking one of two City Council seats that were to become vacant at the end of 2012. I was elected tthe City Council in the fall of 2012 receiving 161 votes; my nearest 'competitor' received 29 votes. One 'term' was more than enough time for me to become 'keenly aware' that local politics 'mirror' national politics and all of the 'nastiness' and the self-serving desires of those elected, and appointed, officials involved, regardless of the public's wishes. I also had never seen such a overt (and sometimes covert) waste and abuse of hard-earned taxpayer dollars !!
And during the time that I was a Hamburg City Councilmember, I maintained a very popular Website specifically designed to inform Hamburg Taxpayers where there tax dollars were being wasted. THAT Website now 'directs' visitors to THIS Website; now one of a Hamburg resident; and can still be found atwww.hamburgminnesota.com.
In the winter of 1990-91, I formed a company called the NATIONWIDE TOLL FREE CRIME INFORMATION & DRUG ACTIVITY TIP LINE NETWORK. Initially, the TIP LINE NETWORK (as it would later be known as nationwide) was intended for use only by Law Enforcement Agencies in Minnesota. However, once 'word got out' of the TIP LINE NETWORK, my company began receiving calls for our TIP LINE PROGRAM from Police and Sheriff's Departments, Drug Task Forces, County Attorney's Offices and School Administrators throughout the United States who wanted to implement my company's exclusive TIP LINE PROGRAM in their cities, counties and schools.
As the founder and System Administrator of the NATIONWIDE TOLL FREE CRIME INFORMATION & DRUG ACTIVITY TIP LINE NETWORK I was an individual with nearly twenty years of Law Enforcement experience. In September my exclusive TIP LINE PROGRAM was made available to Law Enforcement Agencies and School Administrators throughout the entire United States. My very successful company operated flawlessly until August 1, 2012, when I made the decision to discontinue my company's service.
During it's operation, the TIP LINE NETWORK received some very impressive comments from Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, Law Enforcement Administrators, Drug Task Force Members, Investigators, Detectives and others, attesting to the effectiveness of this new 'concept' in NATIONWIDE anonymous crime tip reporting that I designed, and operated for TWENTY-ONE YEARS; the NATIONWIDE TOLL FREE CRIME INFORMATION & DRUG ACTIVITY TIP LINE NETWORK!!
I've also wrote a book about using United States Stove Company's 'AMERICAN HARVEST' corn burning stove to heat our home; A picture of the book's coverappears to the right:
Paul Williams, Engineer and Vice President of United States Stove Company appeared as my guest 'DELTA ON DEMAND' a couple of times and we talked about our experience with his company's new corn burning stove.
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"Thanks again for the opportunity to meet with you last week and do the interview. It is an honor to be
on your program."
Judge Michael A. Fahey, Minnnesota First Judicial District Court and Former Carver County Attorney.
I was also invited to appear on TWO network television shows when I sued my (former) lawyer and represented myself. (And, yes; I won my suit against him !!)
Ah; .Just One More Thing........
I also owned and operated a Burglar and Fire Alarm Company until April 1986 when I sold the company. Now, everybody knows where the name 'Delta' came from; the 'secret is out' !!.
In conjunction with Delta Security Systems, I also designed, opened and operated a FULLY COMPUTERIZED Central Alarm Receiving Station that not only monitored my company's alarm accounts but the alarms of ELEVEN different companies in FIVE different states !! Additionally, I also designed, constructed and operated a BACKUP facility in case my main facility became inoperationable. Like Delta Security Systems, TCI was also sold in April 1986.
When satellite television was made available in Minnesota, I was one of the very FIRST individuals that 'aligned' myself with satellite television provider PRIMESTAR and had the unique opportunity of introducing residents of Carver, Scott and the southwestern metro area to this TOTALLY NEW CONCEPT in television viewing. The 'rural nature' of Carver, Scott and the surrounding counties meant that conventional cable television was not available to residents. Because of the great need for satellite television viewing in these area, I seized on the opportunity to help bring satellite television to area residents.
To this day, it's very gratifying to drive throughout the counties that I introduced satellite television to and STILL see the mounts used to hold the 36" elliptical 'dish' antennas on houses and other buildings; knowing that I had 'made a difference' to area residents by being responsible for bringing them the latest in satellite television technology.
I am also very proud of the fact that I SAVED MINNESOTA TAXPAYERS OVER $31,000.00 by reporting a former employer that was 'cheating the system' that regulates and licenses those Minnesota companies that provide their service to developmentally disabled persons. Because of my reporting this incident, Minnesota taxpayers were reimbursed the money illegally obtained by my former employer.
I also designed and implemented the FIRST computerized water/sewer billing system for the City of Cologne and was instrumental getting high speed wireless Internet access available to residents of Hamburg and the surrounding area.
On August 10, 2006, I became employed as a Security Officer within the Security Division at Mystic Lake Hotel Casino-Hotel in Prior Lake (Minnesota). Serving for OVER TWELVE YEARS, I had the very distinct pleasure of working with the Security Department of Mystic Lake Casino/Hotel and have been very fortunate to meet, and work with, a variety of wonderful, dedicated people that help make Mystic Lake Casino-Hotel an enjoyable and fun environment for the hundreds of thousands of guests that visited us and spend MILLIONS & MILLIONS OF DOLLARS each and every year !!
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