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Tom Erickson of Woodbury is congratulated by his father after receiving his State Patrol badge Friday. Erickson's father served in the State Patrol. Photo by Scott Wente

Woodbury man among new troopers who bring different experiences

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - Erick Sjodin is among a new breed of Minnesota State Patrol troopers.

The married father of three spent years in other professions before he decided to apply skills he had learned to law enforcement.

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Sjodin, a Wrenshall native and Duluth resident, had trained as an airplane pilot and mechanic, but his college education included a law enforcement degree from University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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