NOWTHEN, Minn. (AP) — A small Minnesota community has a big decision to make.

The Anoka County sheriff’s office has warned the city of Nowthen that if it doesn’t sign a contract and start paying for law enforcement, it will get minimal coverage starting next year, only for true emergencies.

With a population of 4,400, Nowthen is the only city in Anoka County without a police department or a contract with the sheriff.

The city now pays nothing. The sheriff is offering a quarter-million-dollar deal for 8 hours of deputy coverage a day and round the clock response. Residents would pay an added 6 percent in property taxes, averaging less than $20 more per month.

Residents appeared divided at a community meeting Thursday. The City Council and mayor are expected to vote next month.

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Comments (11)
  1. Walter says:

    Go with a private security firm. If they do a bad job you can fire them.

  2. angus says:

    Gp with a private security firm and, considering many security people are wanna be cops, have a good chance for a law suit. Less than $20 for trainned law enforcement and some do not want to pay. Probably are t-party, we want the government benefits but do not want to pay thenecessary taxes.

    1. Flashlight-PD says:

      Wow Angus, graduate elementary school much, unreal sentence forming and spelling. Simple fact you hire $12 an hour security guards, thats what you’ll get, they still have to call county police for eveything so what’s the difference.

  3. JDub says:

    Looks like the newest city in the county needs to figure something out fairly quickly… In Bachmann land, anything is possible though…

  4. Jack says:

    Nothing wrong with a cost analysis of a towns needs. If more cities looked at their employees and services rather than cave into the unions they would not be in this fiscal mess. When unions determine the value of the members rather than let the free market do this, the workers will eventually be gone.

    1. Frankie says:

      Stupidity reigns supreme once again. Perhaps Jack you and most of the others on this article are proof that there was a lot of money wasted on education. A union contract is an agreement between the workers and the company. Nothing says the company has to sign anything.

      1. jack says:

        right… you ever heard of a strike? The company folds or moves. Government usually folds because of politics or in the case of dem politicians get votes for contracts. Check out the industrys that unions have hurt, steel, mining, automotive and most manufacturing. You are soooo wrong. I watched the rust belt manufacturing move south or into other counties. Look at all the dem states that are bankrupt, or just look at duluth.

    2. Paul Solinger says:

      What does this have to do with a union? Unions were mentioned nowhere in the article. I think some people’s irrational fears of organized workers is causing them see boogeymen where none exist.

      1. Jack says:

        Who do you think sets the costs associated with hiring an officer or the cost of the service?

  5. $250,000 a year, for one fat cop? says:

    $250,000/year for one lousy, fat, cop, along with a car for him. Personally I’d tell Anoka to go sit & spin, get the rent-a-cops, and advocate that citizens arm themselves with guns – it is legal, ya know. But hey, Nowthen might just be a town of a bunch of pu$$ies who could care less about blowing a sum of money like that so that they can remain “sterile” from the situation. Whatever then, can’t help ya grow a spine…

    1. Frankie says:

      are you for real? You know nothing of the town or the people. Guess no one can grow you a brain

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