Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Water temperatures on Lake Minnetonka are currently in the 60s, even though air temperatures this week have been in the 70s.
On Lake Minnetonka, there are free life jackets available that boaters may borrow for the day. The program called "Kids Don’t Float" is a partnership between the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Safe Kids Northwest Metro Minneapolis and North Memorial Medical Center. The life jackets are found inside storage containers located at three public boat launch locations: Gray’s Bay, Spring Park Bay and Maxwell Bay. “Life jackets save lives,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “Putting a life jacket on a child is just as important as putting them in a seatbelt or car seat.” Related Post: Life jackets are especially important during the Memorial Day weekend because of the chilly water conditions. All personnel at the Sheriff’s Water …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sheriff Stanek says 87 arrests for boating while intoxicated were made last year in Hennepin County, promises water patrol will have "all boats" on lakes and rivers this Memorial Day.
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was at the Water Patrol station in Spring Park saying deputies, state troopers and DNR enforcement agents will be out in full force this Memorial Day. Related posts:
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Standards for ice out differ between Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Freshwater Society.
Today, at 4 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office determined the Ice Out is official. The declaration is made when a boat can be piloted on Lake Minnetonka through the "Narrows" around Big Island and back to the Sheriff’s Water Patrol Unit on Lake Minnetonka in Spring Park. The Freshwater Society, the official declarer of ice out on Lake Minnetonka, uses different standards. Freshwater Society founder Dick Gray, who catalogued the early records and has made his own records since 1968, described the standard for determining ice-out in a 2003 column: “when it is possible to travel by small boat from any one shore to any other shore through any passage on the lake.” Click here to see a historical table of official ice out dates, as provided by the …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
With more and more bays seeing open water, Freshwater Society will be monitoring conditions closely and make the official "call" when it is possible to travel by small boat from any one shore to any other shore through any passage on the lake.
May's arrival could bring with it the official declaration of ice out on Lake Minnetonka. Most residents around the lake agree that ice was between 80 and 90 percent out as of late Tuesday afternoon, and the following reports came in via Lake Minnetonka's Facebook page, Twitter and e-mails to the editor: Ice out on Lake Minnetonka will come a full six weeks later than last year and could be one of the latest dates in history. Click here to see a historical table of official ice out dates, as provided by the Freshwater Society. The Freshwater Society has been the official caller of Lake Minnetonka ice out for more than 50 years. Ice out on Lake Minnetonka is a sign of spring that scientists and lakeshore residents have been tracking and …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Visitors to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Services Division found vehicle displays, demonstrations and free food.
Residents learned about the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office at an open house April 26 Sheriff’s Enforcement Services Division in Brooklyn Park. The annual event included K-9 demonstrations, vehicles, boats and equipment to tour, dive team underwater demonstration, crime scene investigators and displays, fingerprinting booth, mounted patrol horse and more. SHARE: Did you attend the open house? Upload your pictures to Patch!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office open house is Friday. Find out when and where you can meet your local deputies.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is holding its annual open house Friday at the patrol headquarters in Brooklyn Park. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. There also will be gun locks available "while supplies last," according to a Thursday news release. “For those who have a firearm in their home, this lock will provide an additional safety measure for storage,” Stanek said in a Thursday news release. “Safely securing and handling a weapon is especially important in households with children or households where children may visit, such as a grandparent’s home.” There will be canine demonstrations and a fingerprinting booth at the event, according to a news release on the Sheriff's Office …
Monday, April 15, 2013
With the explosions at the Boston Marathon, the Sheriff’s Office is asking people to be vigilant.
Editor’s Note: The following reminder comes from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Today, authorities are investigating explosions at the Boston Marathon that have killed two people and have injured approximately 100 others. According to state, local and national security sources, there are no known threats in Minnesota or Hennepin County. As a reminder, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office urges citizens to be engaged in public safety in our community by reporting suspicious activity. If you “see something, say something.” Citizens should call 911 or contact local law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office offers several ways to provide information about suspicious activities or crime tips. You may use one of the following methods:
Monday, April 1, 2013
The 2013 sign of spring will come later than last year's ice out date of March 21, but when do you think "the date" will be?
Ice out on Lake Minnetonka will come a full six weeks later than last year and could be one of the latest dates in history. Click here to see a historical table of official ice out dates, as provided by the Freshwater Society. The Freshwater Society has been the official caller of Lake Minnetonka ice out for more than 50 years. Ice out on Lake Minnetonka is a sign of spring that scientists and lakeshore residents have been tracking and recording since at least 1855. Freshwater Society founder Dick Gray, who catalogued the early records and has made his own records since 1968, described the standard for determining ice-out in a 2003 column: “when it is possible to travel by small boat from any one shore to any other shore through any …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
He will spend his retirement with his deputy partner as a family pet.
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Wednesday, March 27
Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Grissom, an HCSO Narcotics K9, has retired after nine years of service to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. His deputy partner will keep him at home and he will spend his retirement as a family pet. He is credited with the seizure of approximately 3,349.32 lbs of marijuana, 28 lbs of methamphetamine, 1.5 lbs of heroin, 127 lbs of cocaine, 4.1 lbs of crack cocaine, 209 grams of mushrooms, 135.5 grams of hash, and 1,839 tabs of ecstasy, as well as $2,249,700 in US currency. Grissom and his deputy partner have also received numerous awards and letters of commendation from other Metro area agencies that they have helped, as well as the United …
Monday, March 18, 2013
A public safety summary of Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Patrol Unit activities between March 11 and March 17.
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Monday, March 18
Editor’s Note: The following information comes from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. The following public safety summary information from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Patrol Unit is provided to residents as a public service. These highlights from March 11 thru March 17, 2013 do not reflect all incidents handled or investigated by the HCSO during this time period. In addition to the law enforcement services it provides throughout the county, the HCSO provides primary patrol services for the communities of Hassan Township, Greenfield, Medicine Lake and Fort Snelling, as well as the Hennepin County portions of Hanover and Rockford. Greenfield On March 12 deputies responded to an address in the 7600 block of Woodland Trail for a…