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Kreig found his calling as county's K-9 officer

There are some people out there, who when they start their work day only want to think about one thing: going home for the day.

Herman Kreig isn't one of those people. For the last 10 years, the Ellsworth native has worked full-time as a deputy for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

And specifically since 2004, he and 'Packer', a Belgian Malinois, represent the county's K-9 Department.

"I love it," he said, last week, while driving throughout the county. "I could last until retirement doing this job."

Packer was given that name by his first owner in honor of the Green Bay Packers, before being purchased by the Sheriff's Department. Ironically, Kreig's favorite football team is the Chicago Bears, while Kreig's wife, Christie, is a Minnesota Viking fan. The couple has one child, Cassandra, who was crowned Miss Ellsworth during the Cheese Curd Festival in June.

As the K-9 dog, Packer is called on to track what humans can't, whether that is suspects who fled on foot or illegal substances, for example.

"The big purpose of K-9 is scents and getting those scents you leave behind," Kreig explained.

As a result, he added Packer's best chances for a successful track are during the summer time or if there's any blood involved.

For more read the August 1 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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