Osseo recognizes ‘go-to guy’ police officer

Officer Shane Mikkelson receives an award for his work with Partnership for Change. Pictured are Osseo Mayor Duane Poppe, Partnership for Change Coordinator Sheila Nesbitt, Officer Mikkelson and Community Chair for Partnership for Change Teresa Lunt. (Photo courtesy of Riley Grams, City of Osseo)

The Osseo City Council hosted an award presentation to Officer Shane Mikkelson during its Monday, Aug. 25 meeting.

The council also accepted a $10,000 donation from the Osseo Community Foundation.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.


Osseo Police Officer Shane Mikkelson was presented with an award from Partnership for Change.

Partnership for Change is a local coalition of youth, parents, schools, law enforcement, and community groups that are working together to reduce drug use among youth and young adults in northwest Hennepin County. Its focus is changing the community environment that leads to youth substance use by identifying and implementing strategies that will affect community attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs around alcohol and other drugs. The group also works to reduce access to alcohol and drugs.

Teresa Lunt, Community Chair for Partnership for Change and serves as the Osseo Area Schools board chairperson, said Partnership for Change has worked hard to build relationships with area police departments.

“This past June we held our second Chief’s of Police meeting to report the work that has been done in collaboration with law enforcement and to recognize and award some of the individuals and departments for their exemplarily contributions,” Lunt added. “I am here this evening to share with you the recognition and award that Officer Shane Mikkelson received. Officer Mikkelson and the Osseo Police Department exemplify what it means to be a partner in the work that we are doing in our community.”

Lunt said Mikkelson has played a large role in Place of Last Drink and RAVE (Retail Alcohol Vendor Enforcement) among other areas. “He also serves on our coalition’s steering committee,” she added. “He has presented many times to the Osseo School District about substance abuse issues and is our go-to guy for law enforcement when our staff needs something from them.”

Officer Mikkelson received a plaque engraved with his recognition and honor for his work on Place of Last Drink from Lunt and Sheila Nesbitt, Partnership for Change Coordinator.


Also during the meeting, the council unanimously accepted at $10,000 donation from the Osseo Community Foundation to go toward the Park Fund.

Larry Stelmach, member of the Osseo Community Foundation, said, “The Osseo Community Foundation is dedicated to serving the residents of Osseo with focus on the youth and the elderly. It has come to our attention that there is a project occurring in Sipe Park for the construction of a shelter that is in the works to serve year-round all the residents of Osseo.”

He added, “In appreciating how fiscally responsible the city leadership endeavors to be, the Osseo Community Foundation would like to make this donation of $10,000 to the city of Osseo Park Fund.”

Mayor Duane Poppe thanked the Foundation.

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