It is yet to be seen whether the Vikings will be the first team to play a Super Bowl with real home-field advantage, but Crow Wing County will be well represented at the big game.
Monday, Brainerd City Council approved the authorization of the county's multi-agency bomb squad to assist security at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Four members of the bomb team were requested to assist in what Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston called a more than week-long assignment. Officers will assist with security for the largest event in North American sports and all the festivities leading up to it.
Crow Wing County's squad will join similar units from Minneapolis, Bloomington and St. Paul, and as such it represents the only bomb squad selected from the greater Minnesota area.
McQuiston said that, aside from a few meals here or there, Crow Wing County law enforcement agencies will be fully compensated for all hours the officers work in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He added this assignment poses an opportunity for members of the bomb team to gain valuable experience and expertise for their crucial roles in law enforcement.
The 2018 Super Bowl, the 52nd NFL Championship, will take place Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The days leading up to the game—commonly called "Super Bowl Week"—represent a time of festivities, heightened media attention and booming commerce as football fans from around the world flood into the host city.
In other business, the council:
Approved the advance of firefighter Steve Isles from probationary status to regular paid-on-call firefighter, effective Nov. 1. Isles had completed a year-long probationary period, in which he showed "great passion" and served as a "very active member" in the department, according to the request filed by Fire Chief Tim Holmes.
Approved the resignations of community service officers Alex Stovall and Travis Hanson; authorized filling both of these vacancies as soon as possible to, as McQuiston noted, take advantage of potential training provided by CSOs still on the roster.
Approved the use of approximately $1,300 in drug forfeiture funding for out-of-state travel by Officer Brady Prince to attend the Gang Undercover Narcotics Investigator Conference in Las Vegas in February.