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Two New Lake County Deputies Sworn In

The end of Febru­ary saw Sheriff Stadler swear in two new Lake County Deputies, Pierce Risdon and Jacob Ihfe. Deputy Risdon will be working out of Silver Bay, and Deputy Ihfe will be working out of Section 30 in Fall Lake.

Hailing from Saginaw, Deputy Pierce Risdon, 28, grew up playing sports, primarily base­ball, in school. Grad­uating from Marshall School in 2014, his in­terest in baseball led him back to his alma mater to coach the Hilltoppers for five years. Deputy Risdon’s other interests include the outdoors and fishing. “Ever since I was a first mate on a Du­luth Charter boat, I real­ly found a love for Great Lake fishing. I really en­joy the regular trips out on Lake Superior, and the occasional trips to Isle Royale and trips to Lake Michigan.” Risdon married his wife, Eden, in 2023, and the couple is “very excited to move up the shore and estab­lish ourselves in Lake County.”

Risdon has had an in­terest in law enforcement since he was young. Having family from Tex­as that work in law en­forcement and “hearing their stories as a kid was always intriguing and seemed like a very fun and exciting career.” In high school, Risdon was a Duluth Police Explorer, where he got to see the “inner workings” of law enforcement and meet many Duluth police of­ficers. After high school, he attended Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, where he grad­uated in 2016 with a law enforcement degree.

Before becoming a Lake County Deputy, Risdon worked for a short time with the Clo­quet Police Department, then the Department of Corrections for just under four years, and finally the Virginia Po­lice Department for just under a year. He said, “While I was growing and learning from those positions, I knew I want­ed something different, and wanted to get out in the woods and out on the water.”

Law enforcement was Deputy Risdon’s choice as a career due to his desire to help people, be part of a communi­ty, be “someone people can trust in a uniform,” and have a work envi­ronment where each day is different. “Getting to know the people you serve is very important to me, and having every day be a little different, you never stop learning, and the job never gets stale.”

Going forward into his Silver Bay assignment, Deputy Risdon is look­ing forward to learning the ATV, snowmobile, and watercraft patrols. “That is something I have never done before in my career. I am excit­ed to learn and get out there myself and help educate and keep people safe.”

Welcome to Lake County, Deputy Risdon and Deputy Ihfe! Thank you for your willingness to serve our communi­ties.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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