Carr rides into 5th term as Wadena County Sheriff

Mike Carr, Jr., defeated Milo Scott 72.7% to 27.2%.

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Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr
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WADENA — Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr, Jr., is pumped to start his fifth term in 2023 after a convincing 72.7% win over challenger Milo Scott.

Carr was pleased, but a tad tired and sore after staying up until 2 a.m. pulling his signs from all over the county with a team of his supporters. He's been door knocking across the county since April to get word out about his desire to be reelected.

He shared on Wednesday, Nov. 9, that he’s grateful for the support he saw in the election as he sees it reflects well on the entire department.

“I’m real happy with the results,” Carr said. “I think it speaks volumes that people appreciate not only my work, but the entire sheriff’s office.”

Carr has been sheriff for 16 years and has 28 years experience in law enforcement.


Carr said he put his integrity and his office’s integrity in the forefront of his election run. He was thankful for the support he saw, but said his staff deserve all the credit for maintaining a strong level of law enforcement in the county.

“We’ll continue to provide professional law enforcement that exceeds theirs and my expectations,” Carr said.

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Carr has seen numerous natural disasters – including tornadoes – increased protest demonstrations, varying levels of drug use and manufacturing, homicides, officer-involved shootings and deals daily with mental health concerns in the county. He said this job is always a moving target, but one he has been able to grow and learn from. He said he fully intends on serving out these four years and running again after that as long as he feels he can continue to steer the ship.

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Milo Scott (2022)
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Eighteen-year Wadena Police Officer Milo Scott made his first run for the sheriff's seat this year and shared on his Facebook page a thanks to all his family and friends that supported him in his run.
"Thank you to all of the wonderful people that I have had the pleasure of meeting, this journey may have stalled but it is not over," Scott shared on his Facebook profile.

He shared that his running for sheriff was a good chance to meet a lot of people in the county and hear from many how much they appreciate law enforcement.
Scott's spirit wasn't down about the loss as he knew coming into the race that it would be tough going against an incumbent of 16 years, whose father was in the seat before him.

"I knew that coming in that it was going to be an uphill battle," Scott said.

Scott fully plans on running again in four years. He said he spoke to Carr, sharing an appreciation that the two kept the race clean. He said their is no animosity between the two as they still work together side-by-side to serve and protect the community.

Michael Johnson is the news editor for Agweek. He lives in the city of Verndale, Minn., but is bent on making it as country as he can until he returns once more to the farm living he enjoys. Also living the dream are his two children and wife.
You can reach Michael at or 218-640-2312.
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