Sheriff Dennis Hillstead wears the smile of a man who is about to retire. Hillstead was honored at a reception in the county board room at the Government Center in Hudson Tuesday afternoon. After 12 years at the head of St. Croix County law enforcement, he will hand the reigns of the office over to Sheriff-Elect John Shilts on Jan. 3. Peace officers from surrounding municipalities came to give their well wishes and join in conversation, coffee and cookies.
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