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New police officer on patrol in Kenmare

Kyle Kienholz made his first rounds last Wednesday as an officer with the Kenmare Police Department.

10/23/13 (Wed)


Kenmare Police Officer Kyle Kienholz

By Caroline Downs

Kyle Kienholz made his first rounds last Wednesday as an officer with the Kenmare Police Department.

“It was a gamble,” he said about making the trip for the Kenmare interview from his hometown of Delano, Minnesota, just west of the Twin Cities. “I’m a long way from home, but there’s a lot more competition at home for the jobs open.”

He admitted he had much to learn, starting with the layout of the town. However, he also felt comfortable in Kenmare after growing up in a town of 4,000 to 5,000 residents.

“In a smaller department, I feel like I’m doing more,” he said. “I’ll be a part of 33 percent of what happens.”

Interest sparked
by D.A.R.E. instructor

Kienholz traced his interest in law enforcement back to elementary school and a particular D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor. “I think then the uniform and the guns interested me,” he said, “but as I got older, . . . . Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!