The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is mourning the loss of a Northland DNR officer who was killed Monday morning in the line of duty near Grand Rapids.

According to the DNR, Officer Sarah Grell, 39, died following a two-vehicle crash. Sadly, she is the 23rd Minnesota conservation officer to die in the line of duty. The Minnesota State Patrol is leading the investigation of the crash that happened Monday, May 24.

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The DNR adds that Officer Grell 39, was stationed in Grand Rapids and leaves behind a husband and three children. She served as a conservation officer since 2005 and had a deeply held dedication to serving Minnesota’s people and natural resources. She was part of a proud family legacy – her uncle, father and grandfather also worked as conservation officers. Her husband Gene works for DNR’s Forestry Division and her mother worked for DNR Fisheries until her retirement.

“The sense of loss we feel right now is indescribable,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. “We are heartbroken for her family. Our deepest sympathies and concerns are with them. Officer Grell leaves behind an incredible legacy of service to Minnesota’s people and natural resources.”

“Officer Grell was the epitome of a public servant and served the Enforcement Division, the DNR, and the people of Minnesota with distinction,” said Col. Rodmen Smith, DNR Enforcement Division director. “Her loss is devastating, and we ask the people of Minnesota to keep Officer Grell and her family in their thoughts during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are currently being finalized.


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