Officer of the Year 27 Mar 12

Winsted Police Chief Mike Henrich has been named Officer of the Year by the Mcleod County Peace Officers Association.

The Herald Journal reports the organization made the announcement at their annual banquet that was held in Hutchinson last week.

Chief Henrich was chosen for his investigative work on the Winsted Farmers Elevator case, which he said was nothing like any work he had ever done before. He also said it was the most interesting case he’s ever done.

It’s been almost a year since the Minnesota Department of Agriculture revoked the businesses grain buyer’s license.

The investigation into the elevator’s estimated $160,000 worth of missing grain, which began in May of 2011, was recently turned over to the McLeod County Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges.

According to court documents, there are a total of 18 farmers, living in Wright, Carver, and Mcleod Counties, who were victims of theft by swindle that occurred when their grain was either sold without permission or they did not receive payment for the grain they did sell.