It's Day 3 of helicopter watch in south Minneapolis and the State Patrol chopper is still circling the area, and we're still none-the-wiser as to why.
Residents are reporting that the distinctive hum of the helicopter is once again disrupting their daily routines as it hovers over the area south of downtown.
On Wednesday, BMTN asked Minneapolis Police Department why the helicopter was requested by MPD and was told the following: "They [the State Patrol] are assisting us in an investigation. Whereas I cannot disclose any information on this investigation, I can tell you that there is no threat to the public."
On Friday, BMTN once again asked MPD why the helicopter was out for a third consecutive day, and was told the following: "The State Patrol has been asked to assist us in an ongoing investigation. Whereas I cannot share any of the particulars of this case, I can share that there is no threat to the community."
So there we have it: more helicopter, but no more details.
How much is this costing you ask? Well it depends on how long the helicopter is being used.
"Our primary mission is to ensure the safe, efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roadways," a State Patrol spokesman said. "While the contracted cost for the State Patrol helicopter is $560.83 per hour, the State Patrol supports local public safety operations without billing back to the requesting department."