NEW ULM-After more than 30 years as a New Ulm police officer, Sgt. Paul Kalow says he’ll miss the camaraderie of his co-workers after he retires, as of today.
“My co-workers became like family to me, especially on my weekend and holiday shifts,” Kalow said.
Law enforcement runs in his family. Kalow’s father was a Rice County Deputy Sheriff. His niece is a Steele County Deputy, his brother is a State of Minnesota Corrections Officer and his daughter is a youth counselor aspiring to be a probation agent.
“My dad introduced me to the field at a young age,” Kalow said. “I remember him telling me to be especially careful in certain situations. It didn’t dawn on me at the time why he said that, but it has since then. Answering calls including deaths and severe injuries over the years made me realize how fragile life can be and that you shouldn’t take everything for granted. It allowed me to reflect on how law enforcement can make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
His work as the New Ulm Police Department Animal Control Officer provided some of the more unusual events in his career. “I remember a cat bite that put me in the hospital overnight because of an infection and medication reaction,” Kalow explained. “Chasing a few lost sheep near the Kraft Foods plant a few years ago was unusual. Thank goodness, the sheep caretakers chased most of them down and rounded them up.”
After retiring, Kalow said he looks forward to working part-time for a Mankato law firm, spending more time with his family and hunting and fishing.
He began wearing a law enforcement uniform at age 16 when he joined the Rice County Water Patrol. After Faribault High School graduation, Kalow graduated from the Alexandria Technical School law enforcement program. He worked part-time for the Pelican Rapids Police Dept. and Rice County Sheriff’s Department briefly before coming to New Ulm in 1983.
Kalow’s hobbies include fishing and hunting. His favorite walleye fishing spot is on the Missouri River near Chamberlain, S.D. He enjoys hunting for deer, elk, ducks, geese and pheasants.
His wife Sherry works for the Diocese of New Ulm. “She and I will have a lot more time together now,” Kalow said.
New Ulm Police Chief Myron Wieland said his department will miss Kalow. “He’s a very dedicated law enforcement professional. He provided lots of positive mentoring for new recruits,” Wieland said. “He’s a great guy and we wish him well.”
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