Sheriff’s office youth essay contest

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is seeking area sixth graders to participate in its “If I were sheriff, I would …” essay contest.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 21.

Parents, teachers and community members are asked to encourage sixth graders who reside in Chisago County to participate in the essay contest — that includes home-schooled and private school students. The contest is a way for the sheriff’s office to reach out and educate students about the role law enforcement plays in their lives and community.

The contest rules are simple: Every essay must begin with the sentence, “If I were sheriff, I would” and not be longer than 350 words; they can be either typed or handwritten, but must be legible and have the student’s name and school on them.

A panel of law enforcement officers will choose one winner. The winner will receive a Minnesota Timberwolves package, which starts with accompanying the Chisago County sheriff to the Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns NBA game at the Target Center in Minneapolis March 23. The winner will sit courtside while the players warm up pregame.

In addition, the winner will receive a Kevin Love autographed photo, a Ricky Rubio bobblehead, and a VIP escort and passes to attend the postgame press conference. The winner will be notified Feb. 28, and will be invited to come and meet the Chisago County sheriff and tour the sheriff’s office prior to the March 23 ball game.

Those with questions can call Shelley Beckman at 651-213-6309.

Please mail contest entries to 313 N. Main St., room # 110, Center City, MN 55012, Attn: Shelley Beckman.

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