Hold the sweets: Donation to Renville County Sheriff's Office is straight from the soybean bin

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Jun. 3—OLIVIA — Public support for law enforcement agencies in the area has been showing itself in the form of surprise gifts of treats.

Just recently, staff at Divine House delivered cartons of homemade cookies for officers and staff with the Willmar Police Department.

And in Olivia, officers and staff with the Renville County Sheriff's Office were treated to a surprise delivery of Girl Scout cookies.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office also got a donation that was sweet in a whole different way. Sheriff Scott Hable told the Renville County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the office recently received a gift of 337.61 bushels of soybeans.

The donor asked to be anonymous, said the sheriff. The donor and others urged the office to act quickly on the gift and bring it to market while prices were on the upswing, which was done.

The soybeans were delivered to the Central Region Cooperative Elevator in Buffalo Lake and fetched $15 per bushel, for a total of $5,038.83. That would buy enough Girl Scout cookies to put the entire Sheriff's Office in the dangerously overweight category, but Sheriff Hable said the funds are not destined for treats in the break room.

Hable said the donor said the proceeds could be used by the department at its discretion. The donor suggested that the funds be used in ways to benefit the department overall, possibly to offer sign-on bonuses to help recruit new officers or bonuses to benefit retention.

Sheriff Hable said the office isn't able to do that, but said they will be able find a way to put the funds to work to benefit the office as well as public safety in the county.

As for the rush to market with the soybeans, board chair Bob Fox pointed out that soybean prices were up 35 cents on Tuesday. Yet he also noted that the $15 a bushel value was a good one. "You're way ahead of the average," he said.