Updated: 04/07/2014 10:00 AM
Created: 04/02/2014 4:11 PM WDIO.com
The election is still almost 7 months away. But two men have already announced their intent to run for Itasca County Sheriff.
One of them, is Bryan Johnson. He's currently a deputy with the department, having worked there since 2002. "I've always wanted to be sheriff. It was my plan ever since I started. I've always wanted to do it. And the timing feels right," he told us from his campaign headquarters in Bovey. "It seems like law enforcement has become about numbers, less about the care of people. I want to bring the care factor back to the community."
He's a city councilor in Bovey, and is on multiple boards, including the Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board. He and his wife and three kids live in Bovey.
"If elected, I hope to reach out to other boards and townships and leaders, and keep them updated about what's happening specifically in their area," he said.
His campaign kickoff is coming up on April 11th, at the Grand Rapids Eagles Club, from 5-8pm.
"We've got about 32 people on our campaign committee already. We're going to door knocking. The signs have been ordered. It's full steam ahead," he added.
His boss, Sheriff Vic Williams, said he's going to maintain a positive campaign.
"My strategy is to respect everyone involved in this. If people choose to step in this direction, it's a huge commitment," he said from his office in Grand Rapids.
Williams was elected in 2010, after coming from the Deer River police department and fire department. He is still involved in his local Lions Club, but has dedicated all of his energy now to being Sheriff.
"I've really enjoyed being sheriff, and I hope to continue to be sheriff. The decisions you make have to be done with the best interest of the people in mind," he said.
When we asked him about his accomplishments, he listed several things. "I've established a K-9 unit. Lambo and Sarge are working. I'm very proud of that. And I started an Honor Guard, where we remember the fallen officers."
Also, the department is in the middle of relocating their 9-1-1 dispatch center, and upgrading it. "It's a huge project," he added.
Election Day 2014, is November 4th.
Home-care Providers Seek Halt to Unionization Vote
A group of state-subsidized home health care workers is asking a federal judge to halt a vote that could unionize thousands who provide in-home care to the elderly or disabled, claiming the unionization is unconstitutional.
Obama: US Won't Stop Confronting Islamic State
In a Special Report Wednesday, President Barack Obama said the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.
Study Shows Twin Metals Mine Economically Feasible
Duluth Metals released a feasibility study on Wednesday showing the Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota would be economically competitive.
Duluth Police: 1 At-Large, 1 Injured in Central Hillside Shooting
A suspect is at large after a 21-year old male was shot in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood Tuesday night. We'll bring you more details as they become available.
Fire that Damaged Historic Duluth House Determined to be Arson, Police Search for Suspect
A hefty structure fire brought a slew of crews out early Monday morning in Duluth. It happened just before 1 a.m on 1511 E. Superior St. While there were no injuries and no one was inside the building at the time of the fire, substantial damage is estimated at over $150,000. On Tuesday, the fire was ruled to be caused by arson.