Duluth, Hermantown police officers at schools this afternoon after ‘nonspecific’ threat

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John Myers

Forum News Service

Duluth and Hermantown police are stationed at all public and private schools in the two cities today after the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension passed along information about a nonspecific threat against an unnamed school in northern Minnesota.

Hermantown Deputy Police Chief Shawn Padden said officers are standing by at the city's schools as students go home after school.

"There was nothing specific, not even what city. But we are taking the precaution," Padden told the News Tribune.

The Duluth school district this afternoon sent a blanket email to parents of students saying that the Duluth Police Department "is taking precautionary steps today in response to information related to a nonspecific threat to a northern Minnesota school. The information, received from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, does not identify a specific school or city."

Duluth police deployed officers to public, private and parochial schools within the city of Duluth. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken and Duluth school district Superintendent Bill Gronseth said the response "balances school safety with the importance of maintaining the educational process."

Other schools in northern Minnesota also were responding to the possible threat. The Becker County Sheriff's Office and Marshall County Sheriff's Office both confirmed that schools were locked down in their jurisdictions. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said Pelican Rapids schools were on restricted access.

Forum News Service contributed to this report.