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Baxter council thanks Exsted for years of service

BAXTER--Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted recently received the congratulations and thanks from the city council for his years of service. The council presented Exsted with a thank you card and applause from both council members and staff for his 12...

Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted smiles as he receives an award Friday from Lutheran Social Service for his efforts on combating sex trafficking in the Brainerd lakes area. January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls) Gallery
Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted smiles as he receives a special award Friday from Lutheran Social Services for his efforts on working on the sex trafficking issue in the Brianerd-Baxter area. January is sex trafficking awareness month. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls) Gallery

BAXTER-Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted recently received the congratulations and thanks from the city council for his years of service.

The council presented Exsted with a thank you card and applause from both council members and staff for his 12 years of service as police chief and 20 years of service to the city of Baxter. Council member Quinn Nystrom said Exsted was a formidable force for the city and they were lucky to have him.

"We're very grateful to have you as our police chief so thank you," Nystrom said.

The council also noted Baxter Police Department records administrator Beki Sommers, who has 14 years of service, is retiring.

Mayor Darrel Olson said they want to thank Sommers for her years of service. Olson noted Exsted said earlier that Sommers has being doing the work herself that typically takes more than one person to complete in the average office.

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"We also thank her for her years of service," Olson said.

The chief and Sommers were recognized during a luncheon earlier this month.

"Chief, it's not just for the city, you are well-respected in this community," Olson told Exsted. "In all the things that I participate in your name is highly, highly respected and that's a reflection on all of us too, so I appreciate that also."

Baxter will meet in a special budget session at 6 p.m. tonight at city hall.

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