Three new deputies were sworn into the Fillmore County Sheriff's Department by Sheriff Daryl Jensen at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Shown, from left, are Deputies Steve Schmiedeberg, Kaine Kaase and Logan Brand.   COURTESY OF FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Three new deputies were sworn into the Fillmore County Sheriff's Department by Sheriff Daryl Jensen at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Shown, from left, are Deputies Steve Schmiedeberg, Kaine Kaase and Logan Brand. COURTESY OF FILLMORE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Last week, the Fillmore County Sheriff's Department swore in three new deputies to the county law enforcement. Steve Schmiedeberg, Logan Brand and Kaine Kaase will be serving in a part-time basis, covering for other deputies throughout the county.

Steve Schmiedeberg

One of the new deputies, Steve Schmiedeberg, resides in Chatfield. He is 31 years old and has received a four-year degree in law enforcement from Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Schmiedeberg grew up in Rochester. His parents and siblings all currently live there. He enjoys spending time and playing with his daughter as a part of his free time. He also likes running and working out. Amidst this crazy winter, he looks forward to spending time outdoors in the summer.

Rather than sitting behind a desk, Schmiedeberg chose law enforcement as his career to give a helping hand to those in need.

Even though as an officer he sees many different and bad things, he explained, "I also get to see the smiles of others when I am able to help them with their problems."

He has previous police experience with the Chatfield Police Department for the past six years, this coming May. He has worked in law enforcement, however, for more than seven years.

Logan Brand

Brand also joined the Fillmore County Sheriff's Department, recently. The 22-year-old is a 2010 graduate of Rushford-Peterson High School and a 2013 graduate of Rochester Community and Technical College. He lives in Rushford and has an older brother and a younger sister who will be graduating from Rushford-Peterson High School this year.

Like Schmiedeberg, Brand enjoys being outside and working out in the gym as some of his hobbies. He also spends time hunting when he is free.

Brand has always had an interest in helping people. "I've always liked to work with kids. I want to help them do good and keep them out of trouble," he said.

As a recent college graduate, he continues to look for law enforcement opportunities throughout Fillmore County.

Kain Kaase

The third deputy is Kain Kaase from Preston. He is 21 years old and graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College with a two-year degree in law enforcement. While there, he took the skills program test as a part of his degree.

Kaase enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his girlfriend and son. Kaase followed his dad's footsteps to join the sheriff's department, since his father is a police officer living near Spring Valley.

In addition to the recent appointment, Kaase also works part-time at the jail and part-time for the city of Preston.

Each of the new deputies have been hired on a part-time basis with Fillmore County. They will be going through some initial training with the sheriff's department over the next few months.

Having been recently sworn in, they are unable to declare their appreciation for their new positions as yet. Their jobs will be to cover for other sheriff's deputies who need some time off in any area. Thus, they will serve throughout the county and serve at county events as needed.

Whether these deputies are called to fill in for someone or to lend a hand when the department needs more officers, the three young men are pleased to be working for Fillmore County.