Long arm of the law – Deputy Randy Flynn of the Carlton County Sheriff's Department gets a visit from department chaplain Ernie Strandberg and his buddy, Flat Stanley.
was taking Flat Stanley around Carlton County as part of a school project for his
Flat Stanley is taking Carlton County by storm.
It seems that this tall, lean stranger has been making the rounds with Carlton's Ernie Strandberg, retired pastor and current chaplain for the Carlton County Sheriff's Department
And while he's
been on his
been raising a lot of eyebrows -- and getting a lot of laughs.
...Strandberg explained that the visit from Stanley came about as the result of a letter from his six-year-old nephew Nathan Teller, who is a first-grade student at Menahga Elementary School in Menahga, Minn.
"I had never heard of this character before," said Strandberg
."But ironically enough, last week I was watching the television show 'Third Watch' -- and one of the officers on it was carrying around their Flat Stanley in the back seat of the squad car!"Strandberg
new "assignment" very seriously and toted the life-sized cutout with him wherever he
went, recording the moments on film and paper to send back to his
According to the log that Strandberg
put together, over the past month Stanley has visited many local scenic sites such as Jay Cooke Park and the Thomson Hydroelectric Dam, the wood industries of Cloquet, Lake Superior, the taconite docks and the Aerial Lift Bridge.
"Then the really exciting part came," said Strandberg
."We visited the (Carlton County) jail.He
was given a number and booked, just like anyone who breaks the law.He
was handcuffed. (You can see the handcuffs in one of the pictures if you look real close.) Then he
was arraigned in district court.One picture shows him with District Judge Dale Wolf, the bailiff and court clerk."Strandberg
said that on their visit to the Carlton County attorney's office, Flat Stanley virtually "shut the place down" as staff members stopped work to eagerly look over the photos of Stanley's adventures and then hustle around to gather demographic information about Carlton County and Minnesota to include with Strandberg's journal
returned Stanley and the photo journal to Nathan this week, soon to become part of a class-wide report on the life and geography of areas outside the students' home town of Menagha.
"We have enjoyed having Flat Stanley live with us for the past weeks," he
concluded."We hope he
goes home with many good memories."
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