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He started his law enforcement career right after he graduated high school in the city of Baraga, according to biographical information provided to The Mining Journal in November, and he also worked for the Baraga County Sheriff office.

Van Straten attended the Northern Michigan University Police Academy and started his career at the Negaunee Police Department in 1977, where he spent 30 years before retiring in 2007.

NPD Chief Jay Frusti, who worked alongside Van Straten for 13 years, said the veteran officer had a stellar work ethic and was well liked in the community.

was a very hard working officer of this department, Frusti said during a phone interview on Thursday. the citizens called for services he would go above and beyond the service an officer was required to provide. It still amazes me how many people would call this department and ask specifically for officer Van Straten to handle their complaint. District Court building in Marquette.

In spite of his retirement from police work, Van Straten was still driven to serve the community he lived in. He served on the council from 2009 to 2015, and was just starting a new term, garnering the most votes of any council candidate during the November election.

Van Straten acted as a community advocate no matter what his vocation, Mayor Don Gladwell said in an email statement on Thursday.

was truly saddened to hear of Mike passing yesterday. I known Mike for many years and had come to respect him very much. He was a great man who loved his family and was passionate about his service as a law enforcement officer. After his retirement he realized his passion for the community was still very strong and became very involved in the City. I was looking forward to serving with him on the Council, Gladwell said. will miss our conversations we had at times after church, at the Elks or over the phone. He was a good listener, would always make sure you knew and understood how he felt on an issue and at times when we may have been on opposite sides, he always respected your viewpoint. I admired that about Mike. He will be missed by many in Negaunee and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. Straten also served on the Marquette County 911 Emergency Management Board, was a member of the Negaunee Elks and a former member of the L Knights of Columbus.

State Rep. Sara Cambensy expressed her condolences to the community and the family.

of us in my office express our deepest sympathies on the passing of Councilman Mike Van Straten, Cambensy said in an email Thursday. has faithfully served the community of Negaunee for over 30 years as a police officer and as a newly (re elected) member of the city council. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.
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