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St. Croix County Patrol Sergeant Josh Stenseth runs Dex through a maze of obstacles as part of a detection training exercise. (Photos by Tom Lindfors)

A Day in the Life of a K-9 Team

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“I grew up in Rice Lake, Wis. next to my neighbor Mike Baribeau, a police officer who was shot in the line of duty Dec. 19, 1995 while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Growing up next to him got me interested in law enforcement,” said St. Croix County Patrol Sergeant Josh Stenseth.


As a high schooler, Stenseth took advantage of opportunities to ride along with officers from the Rice Lake Police Department, including Mike Nelson and his K-9 partner Reggie.

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