Kyle Mickelsen, 25, and Nolan Rustand, 21, are Grant County’s newest deputies. Mickelsen was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in September, and Rustand just last month.
“We are glad to have these guys on our team,” said Sheriff Mark Haberer. “It is good to see local young people investing in their communities.”
Mickelsen was born and raised just north of Elbow Lake. He graduated from West Central Area in 2015 and wanted to go into law enforcement. But he was steered away from that career by a college recruiter because, there were few openings at the time. So he went to Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and worked a couple of years before taking the plunge into law enforcement. He received his degree in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical and Community College, passed his post test, and was licenced as a peace officer.
Rustand, is a graduate of Alexandria High School, but had spend considerable time in the Herman area where he has family and relatives.
“My father is a state trooper so I have been around law enforcement all my life,” he said. “There was no doubt what I wanted to do.”
After receiving his training at Alex Tech, Rustand also passed his post test, was licensed as a peace officer, and hired by Grant County. He was assigned to live in Herman. The town has a contract with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Rustand is basically the part-time town cop, as well as a full-time deputy.
It is a perfect fit, with his connections to Herman. But it was hard to find a house to rent until an opening came up at the Pullman House.
“The people are very friendly and I get a lot of cookies.”
Mickelson and his wife Cally, who is a dental hygienist in Fergus Falls, are looking at closing on a home in the area.
Both are thrilled to begin their careers in Grant County, so close to home, and plan to continue in the law enforcement field far into the foreseeable future.