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Religious Head Coverings Allowed For Henn. Co. Jail Inmates

Inmates at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis will now be allowed to wear religious head coverings while incarcerated. The announcement about the policy – the first of its kind in Minnesota – was made Thursday by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “I am extremely proud of our current efforts to recognize the religious rights and beliefs of all inmates,” Stanek said. “The addition of this policy enhances our efforts to be more culturally aware.”

03/20/2014

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How To Survive After Falling Though Ice

With 104 lakes and three rivers in Hennepin County alone, Sheriff Rich Stanek says it’s a busy time for ice rescues in Minnesota. “Maybe you had subzero temperatures, but you’re going to go through,” Stanek said. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office responded to 25 rescue calls out on the lakes last winter from people falling through the ice. Three people were killed. “The most important thing is to stay calm,” he said.

12/20/2013

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Senator, County Sheriff Calling For Officers To Carry Heroin Antidote

There’s a drug that works as an antidote to save someone overdosing from heroin. Now a Minnesota state senator who lost her own daughter that way wants all law enforcement officers to carry it.

12/10/2013

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Hennepin County Sheriff Urges Caution On Thin Ice

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is issuing an early reminder to be cautious around partially frozen ponds, lakes and other bodies of water. Stanek says no ice should ever be considered safe.

11/17/2013

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GOP’s Ortman Joins U.S. Senate Race

State Sen. Julianne Ortman is running to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Al Franken next year.

08/03/2013

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Hennepin County Conducts Warrant Sweeps Across Metro

Law enforcement agencies from across the Twin Cities are working together on a warrant sweep for domestic violence offenders in Hennepin County. More than 50 officers representing 14 different counties began the sweep around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

07/17/2013

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Gun Control Advocates Upset By Support For Watered-Down Bill

An unexpected twist came Wednesday in the efforts at the Capitol to curb gun violence. A majority of the House is now backing a new plan to modestly revise the state’s gun laws.

03/06/2013

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Henn. Co. Sheriff And Obama Discuss Guns, Mental Illness

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and several other law enforcement officials met Monday with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss gun violence and mental illness.

01/28/2013

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Mound Firefighters Hailed For Lake Minnetonka Ice Rescue

For firefighters at the Mound Volunteer Department, winter is a busy time of year. Calls for help come in not just for fire, but also ice rescue.

01/19/2013

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Hotel Workers Learn How to Spot Child Sex Trafficking

Law enforcement officials are working with Twin Cities hotels to put a stop to child sex trafficking.

01/08/2013

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Hennepin Deputies Train For Shooting Disasters

It was a chaotic scene as police and county deputies swarmed onto Accent Signage property in Minneapolis last September 27. There had been a workplace shooting with multiple victims.

12/21/2012

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Authorities Name Soldier Whose Ft. Snelling Grave Was Disturbed

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has named the soldier whose grave at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery was found disturbed Thursday morning.

07/13/2012

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Hennepin County Seeking Volunteers To Be Special Deputies

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified candidates to volunteer as Special Deputies. Special Deputies perform public safety duties at community events, crime scenes, on water, and during emergencies. The Sheriff’s Office currently has 125 Special Deputies, who provided more than 15,300 hours of service in 2011 alone.

07/13/2012

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Free Life Jackets Available For Lake Minnetonka Boaters

Three locations on Lake Minnetonka will provide free life jackets for the rest of the summer. Boaters can borrow life jackets through the Kid’s Don’t Float Program, courtesy of the Safe Kids Northwest Metro Coalition, North Memorial Medical Center, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

06/29/2012

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New Director Named For Hennepin Co. Crime Lab

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab – a state-of-the-art forensics laboratory that serves 35 agencies — has a new director, authorities say.

06/08/2012

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