Updated:
Original:

People suggested 600 names for Benton County's new K9 recruit

The sheriff says the response to call for help naming their K9 was overwhelming.

A central Minnesota sheriff says his office was overwhelmed with suggestions for what to name its new K9 recruit.

Benton County invited the public to name the dog and Sheriff Troy Heck says in 10 days they got 1,200 responses suggesting 600 different names.

Now we have a winner: Ragnar.

The sheriff said in Friday's announcement that three people wrote in suggesting Ragnar. One of their names will be drawn and they'll be invited to come to the sheriff's office in Foley to meet Ragnar and his trainer.

The rest of us might get our chance to greet Ragnar this summer, once he's finished the training he needs to become a full-fledged K9 officer. Sheriff Heck says if all goes well Ragnar could be on duty in time for the Benton County Fair in St. Cloud.

What Ragnar means

For local football fans the name Ragnar might be best known for the longtime Minnesota Vikings mascot who used that moniker.

By all accounts the name is traced to Scandinavia but there are a few variations of its meaning.

The website Behind the Name says Ragnar is a variation of the name Rayner, which is a combination of the words for advise and army.

Another name site – sheknows.com – says in English the name means "strong counselor," in Norse it means "warrior from the gods," and in Swedish it means "strong army."

Sounds like a good choice for a new K9 officer.

Next Up

Flickr - Xcel Energy truck - Tony Webster

Xcel Energy wants to raise MN customers' electricity rates

If approved, rates go up by an average of $18.50 a month for customers.

Screen Shot 2021-10-27 at 1.11.05 PM

MPD chief 'confident' officers will still show up after Question 2 vote

Arradondo held a press conference Wednesday in which he urged for a 'No' vote.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Charges: Driver in fatal hit-and-run said he thought he hit dog or sign

The crash killed a 56-year-old Blaine woman who had been out walking her dog.

vaccine, covid

Here is Minnesota's plan to vaccinate kids 5-11 against COVID-19

The plan includes hosting vaccination clinics at schools across the state.

Mounds View PD missing 12yo Riddley

12-year-old Twin Cities boy has been missing for 4 days

Police are asking for the public's help locating the child,

moorhead police

Police searching for man charged with kidnapping woman at gunpoint

The man approached the victim's car and pointed a gun at her, the charges state.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Teachers union calls for 'bold' plan to get kids vaccinated against COVID

"All options should be on the table," Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, said.

madden's

Madden's has banner summer with surge of visitors to Gull Lake

The resort was named the No. 1 resort in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Related

People suggested 600 names for Benton County's new K9 recruit

The sheriff says the response to call for help naming their K9 was overwhelming.

Shhhh ... Eden Prairie's owl has a name now, but keep it quiet

There was a contest to name the young barred owl.

Eden Prairie now has its own owl, whooo needs a name

The bird's injury is permanent so he'll be sticking around.

Eden Prairie now has its own owl, whooo needs a name

The bird's injury is permanent so he'll be sticking around.

Video: We tried to guess pets' names just by looking at them

Let's just say, some pets truly do live up to their names.

A panel formed after the Philando Castile shooting makes its suggestions

The group formed after the Castile shooting made its final report.