Carver County, Scream Town strike deal to keep attraction open

It had ordered it to shut down on Thursday.
Author:
Publish date:

Carver County has come to an agreement with Scream Town owner Matt Dunn to keep the Chaska Halloween attraction open.

It will allow Scream Town to continue operations through this season, provided Scream Town hires its own private on-site security.

The county had canceled its security contract between Scream Town and the sheriff's office after Dunn posted a memo in which he asked for "zero tolerance" towards Somali customers after problems with 8-10 visitors this past weekend.

"The Sheriff’s Office contract with Scream Town remains voided, but County officials worked with Dunn and his representation to keep the business open through this season," the county said on Friday.

"The agreement ends the stop work order, allowing Scream Town to open this weekend and through November 3 as scheduled."

Carver County administrator David Hemze added: “Carver County does not tolerate discrimination from its employees or any businesses we work with, but we also understand that citizens want their government to be reasonable in their enforcement actions and this agreement allows for that.”

Dunn had planned to open anyway

The agreement comes after Dunn had suggested he intended to open Scream Town on Friday anyhow, in defiance of the initial "stop work" order. 

In an email to the Star Tribune, Dunn said he still intended to open Scream Town as normal on Friday night.

In a Facebook post Friday lunchtime, Scream Town wrote: "If you would like to visit us at Screamtown, We Are Open! ALL are welcome."

But a possible showdown with county authorities was headed off thanks to the new agreement.

On Thursday night, Scream Town posted a video featuring Dunn and Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Council of Islamic Relations–Minnesota, after Dunn had apologized for his insensitive messaging to employees.

"We found him to be very genuine about his apology to the community," Hussein said. "And we would like to move forward as a community.

"On behalf of myself ... and everybody at Scream Town, thank you for listening and accepting my apology," Dunn said. "What I said was wrong it was without thought and I realize I caused a lot of pain to people.

"I want to let the Somali community know that we love you, you have been coming out to Scream Town for many years and we really enjoy having you out there."

"You are welcome, as always," he added. "My deepest apologies and know you are welcome."

Scream Town was scheduled to run through Nov. 3. It provides numerous haunted experiences set on 30 acres of rented land just outside of Chaska.

Next Up

Impound lot

Crowded impound lot raises COVID concerns after snow emergency

A vehicle owner complains about the tightly-packed impound lot following the weekend's snow.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, Jan. 27

The latest update from the state health department.

charley's

Charges: Bar owner, employee served underage drinkers during shutdown

The bar hosted 20-30 people on Dec. 4, 2020, charges say.

police lights

Driver wearing bulletproof vest strikes pedestrian in Rochester

The 21-year-old claimed the vest keeps him warm, according to police.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 8.08.05 PM

6 men charged in connection to 'disturbing trend' of carjackings, shootings

The men are accused of three carjackings in one day, as well as other crimes.

YouTube TV, FSN

Report: Fox Sports North is becoming Bally Sports North

The rebranding will reportedly happen prior to the start of the MLB season.

walmart mask

Wisconsin Senate votes to end statewide mask mandate

The joint resolution now heads to the Republican-controlled state assembly.

P.J. Fleck

Looks like the Gophers can put Fleck-to-Tennessee rumors to rest

Fleck is annually a hot commodity when coaching jobs open up.

Matt Dumba

Wild drop front end of back-to-back with Kings

The Wild lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Related

Carver County orders Scream Town to shut down over racist memo

The county canceled its policing contract with the Chaska attraction.

Scream Town owner sorry for post targeting Somali customers

He suggested a zero tolerance policy towards Somalis at the Chaska attraction.

adandoned drive-thru : scream town

Masks required when Scream Town opens outdoor haunted houses

Scream Town's nearby haunted hayride will be a drive-through this year

Woman found dead near car crash in Carver County ID'd

The extreme cold snap is believed to have played a role in her death.

Screen Shot 2020-01-06 at 1.38.24 PM

Carver County Sheriff gets thank you note from jail inmate

The writer thanks the sheriff for the facilities at the local jail.

Archer Amorosi

Carver County reaches $450,000 settlement with parents of Archer Amorosi

The family of Archer Amorosi settled with the county for $450,000.

Litchfield woman dies in head-on crash in Carver County

The crash happened west of Chaska on Hwy. 212.