Biographies of Past Sheriffs
2003 to 2006
Sheriff Klang grew up in Hermantown, MN before moving to Crow Wing County in 1990, where he started his law enforcement career. He began as a drug operative for the Heartland Drug Task Force (Net 6 Drug Task Force). He later joined the Patrol Division for the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. He was elected Sheriff in 2002, and served 1 term. He continued working at the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office until July 2011 and went on to become the Police Chief for the Pequot Lakes Police Department.
1991 to 2002
Sheriff Ross was a Crosby High School graduate. In 1960, he started his law enforcement career as a police officer in Ironton before becoming a deputy with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department in 1962. He was elected Sheriff in 1991, and retired in 2002, with 42 years of service in law enforcement. He has also served as a jailor, sergeant, captain, and chief deputy (12 years).
1987 to 1990
Sheriff Ball served 1 term as Sheriff and then went on to become Chief of Police for the Brainerd Police Department. Frank later retired and continues to live in the Brainerd lakes area.
1962 to 1986
Sheriff Warnberg began his career with Crow Wing County in 1951. He served as chief deputy for 6 years under supervision of Wickland and Krueger prior to becoming Sheriff. Warnberg served as Sheriff for 24 years, the longest ever in Crow Wing County.
1958 to 1962
According to Sheriff Warnberg, "Al Krueger was the best Sheriff we ever had." He was the last Sheriff to live in the old jail complex. Sheriff Krueger had 1 brother who was a highway patrol officer and another brother that was a game warden in Perham, Minnesota.
1939 to 1958
At 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 350 pounds, Sheriff Wickland was the biggest Sheriff ever in Crow Wing County. He had a bloodhound named Prince. After his retirement in 1959, he served as a bailiff for Crow Wing County.
|George A. Ridley
1936 to 1938
Sheriff Ridley was the chief of police in Ironton prior to becoming the Sheriff of Crow Wing County.
1931 to 1936
Sheriff Little's son, Bud Little, was the last Brainerd man to be killed in World War II. Sheriff Little was the mayor of Brainerd prior to becoming Sheriff.
|Claus A. Theorin
1916 to 1922 / 1927 to 1930
Sheriff Theorin was a deputy for 7 years prior to becoming Sheriff in 1916 (serving an 8-year term) and then again in 1927 (serving a 4-year term).
1909 to 1915 / 1923 to 1926
Sheriff Reid was a deputy for Crow Wing County for 8 years prior to becoming Sheriff. Prior to law enforcement, Sheriff Reid worked as a farmer, road contractor, supervisor, and foreman of a logging camp. He retired from Crow Wing County and moved to Minneapolis.