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Walz orders flags at half-staff in honor of fallen Red Lake Tribal Police Officer Ryan Bialke


ST. PAUL, MN-- Governor Tim Walz has asked that all Minnesota state buildings fly flags at half staff to honor Red Lake Nation Police Officer Ryan Bialke.

Bialke was shot and killed in the line of duty July 27, while responding to a call at a home near Redby.

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Flags will fly at half staff on Monday, August 2, from sunrise until sunset.

“Officer Bialke was an outstanding police officer who was respected and admired by his colleagues and the community he served, and served with dedication, honor, pride, and dignity,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “The State of Minnesota recognizes Law Enforcement Officer Bialke for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the entire community of the Red Lake Nation."

Bialke worked as a police officer for the Red Lake Nation Police Department for six years.

The 37-year-old was a husband and a father to four children.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags in honor and remembrance of Officer Bialke.

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