Clearwater County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Clearwater County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 213 Main Avenue North, Dept. 102, Bagley, 56621 MN
  • Chief:
Phone: 218.694.6226
Fax: 218.694.6964

Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is located at 213 Main Avenue North, Dept. 102, Bagley, 56621 MN. The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office phone number is 218.694.6226.

Clearwater County Sheriff's Office News

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I’ve had a few people ask about this class for people 55 and older. Here is the information.

Our missing person has been found safe. Thank you for the assistance.

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Tomorrow is the first day of school! Deputy Dolan will be in Bagley School and Deputy Anderson will be in Clearbrook-Gonvick School, they are excited to be back as you can see! Please use extra caution when driving, School Buses will be stopping to pick up students. Please watch for students waiting for the bus or walking to schools!

Here is the information from the national weather service from the storm on Monday morning.

Damage from the storm last night near Pine Lake and Clearbrook, luckily no one injured! Always have a plan to shelter in place, and have a plan to evacuate if necessary.

Sheriff Darin Halverson of Clearwater County announced today the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2018. Sheriff Halverson proudly announced that the MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for this year. These scholarships are due to the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota. The Members of MSA gives special recognition to the financial needs of students attending the peace officer skills course, or one of the two or four year law enforcement degree colleges. “The Board of Directors feel peace officers in our democratic society have complex duties to perform” said Sheriff Halverson. MSA recognizes the importance of pre-entry training for people considering law enforcement as their career choice. MSA recognizes some students need outside help in meeting the costs of such training, even though they excel academically. The Scholarship Committee, in making its selection of awards, intends on achieving representation from all geographical areas of the state. Scholarship awards will be announced by December 28th of the same year. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. Scholarships are only available to students currently enrolled in one of the following three categories: 1. Mandated POST Skills Program 2. In their second year of a two year law enforcement program. 3. In their third or fourth year of a four year college criminal justice program. In order to qualify, students must have completed at least one year of the two year program or two years of a four year program. Students meeting these criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application form from their local sheriff’s office or online at .

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Congratulations to Taylor Hanks and Gavin Friborg as they are the winners of bicycles at this year's County Fair. Both Taylor and Gavin guessed closest to the actual number of empty ammunition shells in a quart jar. Special thanks goes to Merschman Sales and Service and Mark's Hardware for donating the bikes. Have fun and enjoy your new bikes!

The Clearwater County Fair starts today. Be sure to stop by and see us at our Emergency Management trailer parked next to the horticulture building near the hockey arena. This year, we are having a contest for young children. We have a glass jar with empty ammunition brass in it and kids can guess the number of brass in the jar for a chance to win either a boy or girl bike. The bikes were generously donated by Ryan and Amber from Merschman Sales and Service and Mark's Hardware.

Hello Residents of Clearwater County. I have seen a few people talking on Facebook, and I’ve had a few calls about the book salesman going door to door. He was approved by the County to sell door to door. Also, I spoke with him personally and checked his credentials, and his company. He is a legitimate salesman. Here is his photo and information. He is from Estonia, so he may be difficult to understand for some people. If you have any concerns about him, please contact me at the Sheriff’s Office and speak with me about it. Thank you, Chief Deputy Vern Wittenberg

..Air Quality Alert in effect from 1 pm today through 9 am Saturday... The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Quality Alert for fine particle pollution for western portions of northern and central Minnesota. Air pollution monitors in northern Minnesota are showing a rapid rise in fine particles with values exceeding an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100, along with weather observations showing visibilities dropping to 1-5 miles due to smoke. The smoke plume that traveled southward from southwest Ontario, Canada will continue to move south/southwest across the remainder of the alert area. The smoke arrives this afternoon into early evening from Bemidji to Moorhead, and during the late evening and overnight from Alexandria to Saint Cloud. Smoky conditions could last 6-8 hours at any location. Smoke will begin decreasing from north to south with northern portions of the alert area clearing Friday evening and southern portions clearing out Saturday morning. An Air Quality Alert is issued when the AQI is expected to reach or exceed 101, a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, children and older adults, and people who are active outdoors should limit prolonged exertion. For information on current air quality conditions in your area and to sign-up for daily air quality forecasts and alert notifications by email, text message, phone, or the Minnesota Air mobile app, visit You can find additional information about health and indoor and outdoor air quality at

Residents of Clearwater County, this is affecting parts of Clearwater County today. We have received a few calls about it from Clearbrook, Gonvick, Leonard and Bagley areas.

Clearwater County Emergency Responders, including the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Reserve, Sanford Bagley Ambulance, Bagley, Shevlin, Clearbrook, and Gonvick Fire Departments, Clearwater County First Responders, along with the Itasca State Park Rangers, will be conducting a search and rescue exercise on Saturday July 21, 2018. The drill will be conducted in Itasca State Park, adjacent to State Hwy 113 and near the intersection of State Hwy 200 and Main Park Drive. Exercises will be happening from 8:00 am through mid-afternoon. Emergency responders will be responding to search and rescue scenarios in remote wooded areas of Itasca State Park. Medical and rescue helicopters will also be part of this exercise. Medical and rescue helicopters will be in the air in and around the park from approximately 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Search and rescue duties are among a multitude of emergency services delivered by these organizations. A major component of this exercise is to integrate the specialized services provided by the use of medical and rescue helicopters. Medical helicopters are operated by North Memorial Air Care and Sanford AirMed, based at the Bemidji Regional Airport. A rescue helicopter from the Mobile Aviation Rescue Team (MART) will also be included in the exercise. The MART is a collaboration of efforts between the MN State Patrol and the St. Paul Fire Department. This team specializes in assisting local responders in performing rescues from isolated or often inaccessible locations, and is based at Holmen Field in St. Paul, MN. Emergency crews will be working adjacent to public roadways that day. For the safety of the exercise responders, and the general public, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office asks for heightened awareness of an increase in emergency vehicle traffic, both on the roadways and in the air during the mid-morning and early afternoon hours of Saturday July 21. Emergency vehicles will not be traveling with emergency lights or sirens, but will have them flashing while working alongside roadways.

New detour in Bagley begins today Intersection of Highways 2/92 closed for two weeks BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highways 2 and 92 in Bagley will encounter a new detour starting July 12, as crews close the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 92/Main Avenue for approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Traffic will follow Clearwater Avenue, First Street, Great Northern Avenue and Getchell Avenue. The work is part of an overall project to reconstruct Highway 92 between the railroad tracks south of Highway 2 and Bagley High School. The project requires multiple, staged detours including the two-week closure of the intersection at Highways 2/92 (Stage 1B). Project details and detour maps can be found on the project website, Since the project started in May, crews have completed Stage 1A on the south side of town and Stage 4 near the high school. Once Stage 1B is complete, they will begin work on Main Avenue North for Stages 2 and 3. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

Clearwater County is in a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Stay tuned to local weather stations for more details.

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Please use caution as you venture out today as there are power lines and trees down due to the storm that came through our area this morning. The power companies are out restoring power so be patient as they work through this.

A brown and black dog with red collar and longer chain still attached to dog was brought to the Sheriff's Office this morning. Please call the Sheriff's Office if this is your dog or you know who the owner is (218) 694-6226.

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