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​​K-9 Matka retires after eight years at the State Capitol

Matka lays down and eats a treatFor eight and a half years, Minnesota State Patrol K-9 Matka has walked the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol, keeping her nose sharp and sniffing for explosive material. This week, she's hanging up her working collar in exchange for the good life of a family pet.

Over the years Matka has kept workers and visitors safe by checking out Capitol buildings for threats, responding to calls about suspicious or unattended bags, and doing bomb sweeps.

“While she's definitely earned her time to relax, she's also been a popular and friendly face for everyone in the Capitol. Everyone is going to miss her," State Patrol Col. Christina Bogojevic said.

Learn more in our DPS blog​.​