MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis city officials are asking the governor to mobilize the Minnesota National Guard to help with security during the upcoming Super Bowl.

Mayor Betsy Hodges and Mayor-elect Jacob Frey, in a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, say the city police force cannot meet all of the safety and security needs during the 10 days of Super Bowl activities while still covering the rest of the city.

The Star Tribune says a spokeswoman for the Super Bowl Host Committee, Andrea Mokros, says it would pick up the cost of the guard’s deployment.

Dayton’s senior adviser, Bob Hume, says the governor is considering the request. The 52nd Super Bowl will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.

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Comments (3)
  1. Tim Neumann says:

    The moronic ACLU is already decrying this as a move that will frighten the average citizen. Really? Perhaps they want all law enforcement and security removed so to not disenfranchise anyone. Let see how well that works

  2. Dave Engels says:

    Super Bowl Host Committee, Andrea Mokros, says it would pick up the cost of the guard’s deployment. Sounds good to me!!! Better check their bank account, and while you are at it, check to see where the money is coming from!!!

  3. Daniel Field says:

    This has got to be pretty embarrassing for the mayor. It’s like an admission that she kept the police staffed below acceptable levels to the point where anything out of the ordinary can’t be handled….like day-to-day crime. In 12 years living there, the police have never been able to adequately deal with public safety and security issues that were needed.

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