ST. PAUL — Funeral arrangements are now finalized for Aitkin County Deputy Steven Sandberg, including several opportunities for the public to pay their respects.
The funeral will be held Friday, October 23 at 11 a.m., at Aitkin High School. Thousands of police officers from across the state, region and nation are expected to join family and friends for the funeral service.
Seating at the funeral is limited, but the public is welcome to join family, friends and law enforcement officers at the funeral. The public is asked to enter through the school’s north entrance.
Following the funeral two processions will make their way south on Highway 169, then west on County Road 11 to Bennettville Cemetery. The first procession will include hundreds of law enforcement and other public safety agencies. The second procession will follow approximately 20 to 30 minutes later. It will include representatives from local agencies, Deputy Sandberg’s family and Deputy Sandberg. The public is encouraged to show their support along the procession route.
During the cemetery service a bell will be rung 24 times, one for each year of Deputy Sandberg’s law enforcement experience. Weather permitting, the Minnesota State Patrol will take part in a fly-over of the cemetery. And then last call will go out for Deputy Sandberg.
Visitation takes place Thursday, October 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Aitkin United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend the visitation.
Residents in the area around the school should be aware that parking may be affected in a several square block area around the school the day of the funeral.