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MSU Mankato professor honored

Kathleen Blue named for prestigious award by South Central Investigators.


Dr. Kathleen Blue, a Minnesota State University, Mankato Anthropology professor, has been named for the prestigious 2012 Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition-Law Enforcement Professional Service Award.

The award is presented to a law enforcement professional who has provided extraordinary service in one or more instances to a law enforcement agency or agencies and honors actions by an individual that “far exceed those which would normally be expected,” according to the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, which nominated her for the award.

Blue was selected for “her service, expertise and time donated to the multijurisdictional death investigation of Matthew Albrecht, who had been missing from Mankato since mid-April 2010.  Her volunteer work on the case during December 2010 and into the early months of 2011 helped identify several of Albrecht’s bones found over a large search area of Mankato Township in Blue Earth County saving law enforcement agencies considerable time and expense during their investigation.

“This award is intended for those individuals who display the highest quality of leadership and excellence in their field over a sustained period of time,” noted Detective Jerry Billiar in announcing her selection for the award.

She was honored at a special presentation at the Verizon Center with more than 300 police officers and county attorneys in attendance.

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