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Caller threatens to bring bomb to Minneapolis co-op

The phone call to the "Friendship Store" was anything but friendly.
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A Minneapolis co-op was the target of a bomb threat on Saturday.

The Seward Community Co-op announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that it had been threatened Saturday evening, when a call was made to its "Friendship Store" at 38th Street and Clinton Avenue South.

Staff at the store, which opened in October 2015 with the aim of "bringing together more people around good food," received a call from someone who made "hateful statements to staff members regarding our diverse and inclusive community."

The caller then threatened to bring a bomb to the store, which prompted a call to the police and the immediate closure of the store.

"Our gratitude goes out to the staff and customers in the store at the time who took the threat seriously, and acted calmly and quickly," Co-op General Manager Sean Doyle said on Facebook. "I want to commend our staff for closing the store and taking the necessary steps to ensure everyone’s safety.

"We also want to express our gratitude to the customers who cooperated with the closure on Saturday evening and the support and kindness we have received from concerned neighbors."

He added: "We are stronger than one ugly voice. We condemn all hate crimes and encourage our community to support organizations that stand up to individuals who commit hate crimes."

Police are investigating.

The most high-profile bomb threats in the Twin Cities in 2017 happened at the start of the year, when Jewish centers in St. Louis Park and St. Paul were among dozens threatened nationally via phone.

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