Author Archive for LELS Admin

Doug Biehn

With recognition and gratitude, we announce the retirement of Doug Biehn, effective 9/13/19. All of us at LELS, wish him health and happiness

Andy Masterman

With recognition and gratitude, we announce the retirement of Andy Masterman.
All of us at LELS, wish him health and happiness


LELS Business Agents Jim Roberts and Jim Mortenson, MPPOA Executive Director Brian Peters and Attorney Ron Meuser provided LELS Union and PERA Updates in Moorhead, MN.

Topics Discussed:

  • Recent Supreme Court Ruling – Kinsey and recent union trends.
  • LELS Board of Director Prospective on Union Issues
  • Introduction of Brian Peters, new MPPOA Executive Director
  • Worker’s Compensation and PERA Disability

Members from Moorhead PD, Dilworth PD, Moorhead Fire, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Ottertail County Sheriff’s Office attended the event.

2019 Steward Training

October 9-10, 2019

Radisson Hotel – Brooklyn Center

2200 Freeway Boulevard Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 (763) 566-8000

Steward Training Seminars to Include:

  • The Intersection of the 1st and 4th Amendments
  • Critical Incidents
  • Injured on the Job Issues

** Post Credits Available

Training Announcement and Registration form

Please complete the form and return it to

or mail:  

  • Law Enforcement Labor Services         
  • 2700 Freeway Boulevard, Suite 700
  • Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

LELS members will be reimbursed by LELS for the overnight accommodations using the following criteria: 

  • · Reimbursement for 1 night’s hotel accommodations if attendee commutes 75+ miles from venue.
  • · Reimbursement for 2 nights’ hotel accommodations if attendee commutes 125+ miles from venue. 

· Expense Reports will be available at the event  

Reduced room rate of $99+ will be available for anyone not reimbursed by LELS.

For hotel reservations, please contact the Radisson Hotel Brooklyn Center: 763-566-8000. Please request the reduced rate for LELS.

Police K9 Competition

McDonough K9, and the Northwest Area Jaycees are partnering to bring you the 2019 MN Police K9 Competition. Bring the family and come watch some of the best Police K-9 teams from all over the State of Minnesota in a head to head competition showing off the very skills they use every day to serve and protect our communities!

The event is free and open to the public and will be held during Corcoran Country Daze, at the Corcoran Lions Park. Kids activities, Raffle Prizes, Concessions! All funds raised from raffles and other fundraising will be donated to MN LEMA.

We ask that you keep your furry pets at home.

Here is a link from a previous competition! Come join us and support your favorite K9 team.

Len McFarland

2019 LELS Annual Meeting

The 42nd Annual Meeting of Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc. was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN.   

Attendance at the Conference was excellent. The Business Meeting was effective and productive.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our conference sponsors. Thank you for all who attended. We are looking forward to next year!

LELS prevails in Minnesota Supreme Court decision involving Richfield Police Officer – Statement from Sean Gormley, executive director

February 13, 2019

We are pleased with today’s opinion issued by the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding Richfield police officer Nate Kinsey.

This decision reinforces the validity and importance of binding arbitration—a relied-upon tool that employers and unions agree upon through good-faith bargaining as a means to resolve their disputes.

Binding arbitration is a pillar of collective bargaining; it is imperative that employers and unions respect and abide by these decisions, even when the outcome is unfavorable to one side or the other.

In this case, the City of Richfield chose to challenge the decision of an experienced, neutral arbitrator that would have allowed Officer Kinsey to return to his job with the Richfield Police Department.

As a 10-year veteran of the department, Officer Kinsey is held in high regard by his fellow officers and is known for his honesty, commitment and dedication. We are glad he will now have the opportunity to continue his chosen career in law enforcement.

Congratulations to Officer Nate Kinsey and the LELS Legal Team!

MN Supreme Court Ruling

2019 MPPOA Legislative Conference

Friday, February 8 & Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Legislative Conference of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association will be held in Two Harbors, MN on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Headquarters will be Superior Shores Resort.

The cost of the event will be $175 (or $225 with a non-member guest).

All registrations to attend as well as to select preferred accommodations will be done online. If you intend to come but will not be staying at the resort you should still go online to register.

All registrations for the conference must be done electronically and directly with the resort. No phone or fax requests will be taken. You will have a selection of accommodations to choose from but remember you should act soon to ensure that your choice can be met.

Register by following the link: and using the password MPPOA19

Monthly Dues Increase

The Law Enforcement Labor Services Board of Directors has approved the increase of monthly union dues.

The increase in dues will be effective January 1, 2019.

The new monthly union dues are as follows:

Full-time Employee Membership    $51.00
Part-time Employee Membership   $30.05