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Police Chief Reflects On Career

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  It's a career that landed him in the middle of kidnapping-murder case that gained nationwide attention.  But, Crookston Police Chief, Tim Motherway announced this week, that he's retiring in October.

  Motherway says the biggest change over the years in law enforcement is technology. He says they didn't even have 2-radios for everyone when he started on the job.

Tim Motherway, Crookston Police Chief: "Many, many hours of pounding the pavement in this town."

  However, Motherway says the people they deal with…. haven't really changed much.

Tim Motherway, Crookston Police Chief: "I wouldn't say that they're worse or better. Crime is still crime. Anything that happens anywhere else can happen here."

  Back in the fall of 2003… spring 2004 it did happen here. The Dru Sjodin case garnered nationwide attention. The UND student was murdered by a Crookston man who's now sitting on death row.

  Motherway helped organize the search that recovered Sjodin's body.

Tim Motherway: "I was proud of the way all the agencies worked together. Put their ego's aside, jurisdictions aside and really worked together with a common goal. It was very successful."

  So after a hitch in the marines, a short time spent as a roofer and now a 25-year career in law enforcement, Motherway is calling it quits. He says it's been a fun ride.

 Tim Motherway: "It's been a great Community. The people here are really good. I think we're really fortunate here in Crookston."

  After retiring in October, Motherway says he'll work part-time for the National Child Safety Council. It's an organization that provides educational material for organizations and schools.

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