Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, December 21, 1998

Former Plato man retires his highly decorated K-9

A public open house and retirement party was held in Long Prairie for Major, a German shepherd K-9 cop, who belongs to Todd County deputy Sheriff Terry Bandemer. Bandemer is formerly of Plato.

While Major received dog treats, the public was served a sheet cake with Major's picture on it.

Major has received 67 citations for felony apprehensions and four medallions from the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).

Over the years, Major has led to the recovery of over $1 million in narcotics from vehicles.

In addition to serving Todd County, Major was loaned to a number of law enforcement agencies around the state, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and other sheriff's departments.

Major is the recipient of 20 trophies in trials conducted by the USPCA, which tests for agility, obedience, article search, suspect search and apprehension.

The Todd County Sheriff's Department commended Major on a job well done, and now Major is retired at the Bandemer home.

Bandemer is the son of Elton and Lorraine Bandemer of Plato.

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