The Rice County Sheriff's Office has a new graduate coming onto the force. Rebel is the latest canine officer being added to the team, he and his handler Deputy Ethan Solheid are graduating today from a training class, expecting to be available soon to serve the county in its law enforcement needs.

According to a Facebook post by the Rice County Sheriff's Office:

Rebel is on his way to being certified in Tracking, Narcotics and Patrol work. Rebel will join our K9 Unit which includes K9's, Tank (Deputy Steve Bauer) and Riggs (Deputy Kevin Krueger).

In other Rice County news, Public Health sent out a news release in regards to the high temperatures we are experiencing and are forecasted for this weekend. Rice County Public Health reminded residents "to stay cool and hydrated" during the unseasonably warm weather. Public health also reminded residents to "slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles. For those needing to be outdoors in the heat, limit activities to morning and evening hours, drink plenty of fluids, and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned building."

The warm weather is expected to last through Thursday of next week before temps drop back into the middle 80s.

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