Dakota County fairgoers help with 10 Most Wanted list

Besides enjoying the food and the rides, visitors to the Dakota County Fair this year can help fight crime.
The Dakota County sheriff's office has posted photos of its 10 Most Wanted up at the fairgrounds, hoping to get a few good leads.

“So people help, the public likes to help,” said Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie.

For years, inside the sheriff's booth at the fair - in addition to posing behind bars and pretend deputizing - the department has displayed its 10 Most Wanted list. It’s made up of 10 people with active felony warrants that they know are from the area.

“We've got one in custody so far from this fair,” said Leslie.

Even though the list is part of a larger wanted gallery on the sheriff's website, the foot traffic at the fair leads to more exposure.

“We had some folks from Rosemount say ‘I think I played basketball at the local park with that guy last week,’” said Leslie.

Last year, they got four on their list.

Sheriff Leslie says he thinks the response from the fairgoers is proof communities are invested.

“A source of pride in the community, they helped law enforcement which is how it used to be a lot,” said Leslie.

For the full wanted list, go to the Dakota County sheriff's website.