This past week would have been my uncle Arnie’s birthday. He passed away from cancer earlier this spring. Thinking about him makes me also think about my Grandfather. There is a theme that sort of runs through my family. That theme is law enforcement.
My Grandfather, Ed Wingenbach, spent many, many years in law enforcement. He started with the Mandan PD, and then later ran for Sheriff of Morton County. He served until 1975 when he failed to get re-elected. At the time he was the longest continual serving Sheriff Morton County had ever had. His twelve years as Sheriff were twice what anyone else had served since the county was founded in 1878, though Charles McDonald had more total years served (16) and Phil Helbling had as many split up over several instances. I believe the man who beat him that year, Leo Snider, then served until 2002.