For more than a decade now, “Trooper Andy” Schmidt has been the voice of the Minnesota State Patrol in this part of the state.
In his role as public information officer for the State Patrol, Schmidt has appeared on radio talk shows throughout the area, written the “Ask A Trooper” column that runs in the Detroit Lakes newspaper (among others), and even given the occasional school presentation on driver safety.
But as of today, Schmidt has officially handed over the reins to Trooper Jesse Grabow. After almost 31 years in law enforcement — 29 of them with the State Patrol — Schmidt is now retired.
“My last day is Tuesday, Dec. 7,” Schmidt said in an interview late last week.
“Fifty-five was my target to retire,” he added, noting that he celebrated his 55th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 30.