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Police: Caller threatened to 'blow up Bemidji Area Schools'

The threats have not been substantiated.
Bemidji City Hall

Bemidji police are investigating what it is calling an unsubstantiated threat to blow up schools in Bemidji. 

According to Bemidji Police Department, someone in Ramsey County called the Beltrami County Dispatch Center around 7 a.m. Tuesday and said they were going to "blow up Bemidji Area Schools" and that they "got bombs already set up in every Bemidji Area Public School available."

The caller hung up, prompting Bemidji police, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Fusion Center to investigate who made the call – it was traced to Ramsey County – and if the threat was legitimate. 

Bemidji PD says the perimeters of all Bemidji schools have been checked, adding that "threats made by this individual have not been substantiated at this time." 

Law enforcement continues to work with administrators at Bemidji Area School, Voyagers Expeditionary School and Trek North High School "to share information and ensure the safety of all children," the release said. 

Bemidji police is asking anyone with information about the threat to "do the right thing" and submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Minnesota either online, over the phone (1-800-222-8477) or through the P3 Tip Submit app. 

The threat at Bemidji was made one day after a student fired shots at Plymouth Middle School in the Twin Cities (Robbinsdale district). Fortunately, no one was injured and the student with the gun was taken into custody. 

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