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Mpls. Man Sends Hand Written Thank You To Hennepin Co. Sheriff

Mail carriers are busy this time of year delivering holiday cards across Minnesota. Recently, one greeting caught the eye of a leader in law enforcement. Hennpein County Sheriff Rich Stanek shares how two-page long hand written letter touched a department after a deputy made a decision months ago to pull over.

12/19/2014

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Minnesotans Risking Thin Ice During Warm Spell

The sheriff’s departments from four counties put out thin ice warnings after several close calls on the water this weekend.

12/14/2014

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Hennepin County Urges Caution On Thin Ice

As warmer temperatures sweep through the Twin Cities this weekend, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is urging people to use caution on area lakes.

12/12/2014

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WCCO’s Lauren Casey Learns Ice Rescue Skills

Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.

11/25/2014

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Officials: Ice In Minn. Isn’t Thick Enough To Be On

Although Minnesotans are already enduring subzero temperatures this November, officials are reminding those venturing outside that the ice just isn’t ready for recreation.

11/17/2014

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Minn. Law Enforcement Prep For Possible Ebola Cases

Minnesota’s law enforcement community is making changes to protect from the potential for Ebola. All Minneapolis police squad cars, bikes and Segway’s have a new tool in the fight against an invisible threat to public health.

10/16/2014

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Major Mpls. Heroin Ring Busted And ‘Out Of Business’

Local and federal law enforcement credit a cooperative effort for busting a Chicago-based drug gang that made ordering a bag of heroin as simple as placing a phone call. “This was a 24-hour-a-day, retail-sales heroin operation,” said United States Attorney Andy Luger. “The way this would work is you would call one of two different phone numbers that were known as dispatch phone numbers — almost like you were calling a cab or you were ordering food.”

10/06/2014

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Police: Man Who Fled Hennepin County Courtroom Is In Custody

An escaped inmate is back in the Hennepin County Jail Friday. On Thursday, Michael Henderson ran from the court room as a jury handed down a guilty verdict for attempted murder following a robbery at a Sam’s Club in Bloomington earlier this year. He was on the run for 16 hours after escaping the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.

09/19/2014

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Good Question: What Does It Take To Get Reward Money?

As the search for Lyle “Ty” Hoffman continues, the reward money for his capture grows. Whoever helps authorities track down a man who has eluded police for nearly a month will earn $25,000.

09/04/2014

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First Responders To Begin Using Overdose Reversal Drug

Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.

07/18/2014

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Frizell Beats Stanek In Henn. Co. Sheriff’s Deputies Assoc. Vote

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association has voted overwhelmingly in favor of incumbent Sheriff Rick Stanek’s opponent on Wednesday. Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Eddie Frizell received 75 percent of the votes, while Stanek only received nine percent. Sixteen percent of votes were to endorse neither candidate.

07/16/2014

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Counties Say It’s Too Costly To Hold Prisoners For ICE

It’s going to take an order from a judge for county jails to hold prisoners requested to be detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hennepin County officials made the announcement on Wednesday. Ramsey County officials also say the county will no long participate in holding inmates after serving their time.

06/11/2014

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One Of Hennepin County’s Most Wanted Nabbed On 1st Day Of Sweep

Law enforcement officials say they nabbed one of Hennepin County’s top 10 most wanted on the first day of a county-wide warrant sweep aimed at drug dealers.

06/10/2014

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Slow Down On Lake Minnetonka Or Face A $178 Fine

Go slow or get an expensive citation — that’s the message from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. This is the first time Lake Minnetonka has ever had a minimum wake restriction on the entire lake. Deputies are on the water to educate and enforce the restriction.

06/06/2014

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Henn. Co. Sheriff: Practice Safe Boating On Memorial Day Weekend

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging boaters to create a safety plan before hitting the waters this Memorial Day weekend. With a High Water Declaration in effect for Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Rich Stanek says boaters need to manage their wakes properly, as well as have the necessary safety gear in place.

05/20/2014

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