Carrying on a family tradition in the ND?Highway Patrol

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor

Kyle Ternes is the son of a man who spent 27 years with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

It's a profession he always admired and had a great deal of respect for.

So it was only natural that he follow in dad's footsteps in the Patrol.

“It's something I've always wanted to do,” says Ternes. “It has been a wonderfiul career, very rewarding.”

“And it's so satisfying to help people in need.”

Ternes has risen on up through the ranks rapidly, joining the Patrol in 1991 at Kenmare.

He spent a year and a half there before transferring to Minot, and went to Bismarck in 1994.

Ternes came to Devils Lake in 1996 where he was promoted to Sergeant.

Nine years ago he achieved the rank of Captain, a level he is most proud of. He always made it clear he was working for a spot of authority and was striving to move up.

“I guess I've been fortunate,” Ternes added. “I've worked hard and been in the right place at the right time.”

“I always wanted to be in a leadership role.”

Ternes says he's always had extraordinary respect for law enforcement and is a firm believer in authority rules.

He says the Highway Patrol has always been good to him and his family, and terms it a remarkably professional organization.

The toughest part of his job, he says, is delivering death notifications to families connected to fatal traffic accidents.

“That's by far the hardest,” he says. “I've had my share of them and it's the last thing in the world we want to do, but it's part of the job.”

Ternes is married to the former Allison Haugen of Devils Lake and they are the parents of four children between the ages of 7 months and nine years.

He calls his children the “joy of his life.”

“It's so rewarding to be able to meet their needs,” he smiles.