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Box Elder Chief Deputy Dale Ward retiring after 45-year police career

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The Herald Journal
Chief Deputy Dale Ward poses for a picture Thursday, Feb. 17 outside the Box Elder County Sheriff complex. Ward is retiring on March 1 after a 45-year career in law enforcement.

Growing up in Woodruff, Idaho, just north of the Utah border, a young Dale Ward thought he had his future planned out as he tended cattle in the Samaria Mountains and worked the family farm.

As a student at Malad High School in the early 1970s, Ward aced his agriculture classes and excelled in the Future Farmers of America program, but struggled in subjects like English and Math.

“It’s not that I couldn’t do it,” he said. “I just had other things going on. I was gonna be a farmer. What was algebra gonna teach me?”

However, by the time he finished high school, the outlook for a life of farming and ranching had changed. Read the rest of the story on HJnews.com.

This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.