Skip to main content

Wisconsin mayor believes up to 75K 'agitators' headed to Minneapolis-St. Paul

The initial intelligence came from the Minnesota Fusion Center.
Image from iOS (15)

As many as 75,000 "agitators" could be targeting the Minneapolis-St. Paul area Saturday night, according to a letter from the mayor of Hudson, Wisconsin, Rich O'Connor. 

O'Conner wrote the letter to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, calling it a "dire situation" and imploring Evers to send help via the Wisconsin National Guard. 

The letter cites the Minnesota Fusion Center – part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – alerting Minnesota authorities that "70,000 to 75,000 agitators are traveling today from locations such as Kansas City, Chicago, Ohio and other parts of the country to the Twin Cities. "

O'Connor adds that "it is very likely a number of these agitators will be stopping in our community on their way to Minneapolis" while the leaders are directing said agitators to "instigate unrest in surrounding areas." 

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Minnesota authorities have not confirmed the report of 70,000 to 75,000 people headed for the Twin Cities, but the response from state leaders to deploy upwards of 2,500 soldiers and airmen of the National Guard to join forces in the response with the State Patrol and local and county authorities. 

An 8 p.m. curfew in Minneapolis has set in and law enforcement has begun using force to disperse crowds that remain throughout the city. 

Next Up

holy angels high school j nelson

Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

radio station, microphone

Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

Gophers basketball

Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

Raheem Morris

Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

train crossing S Boardman Ave, New York Mills, Minnesota - August 2013 crop GSV

Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.


Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

hwy 41 engler boulevard crash crop

Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

covid test 6

You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 18

Minnesota has reached 11,000 COVID-19 deaths.


Vikings must continue building out receiving corps in 2022

Justin Jefferson headlines a young, promising group, but more depth is still needed


smoke from riot fire in Minneapolis 5-29-2020

Burning continues in Twin Cities, with new fires starting Friday

Parts of south Minneapolis look like a war zone.

Image from iOS (26)

Charges: Trio of Minnesotans had guns in plateless car during protests

It's still unclear how many non-Minnesotans have been involved in destructive acts.

Image from iOS (48)

Minneapolis preparing for 'dangerous situation on the streets tonight'

Everyone is urged to obey curfew or risk being swept up in a massive response.

Image from iOS (27)

Report: Pentagon prepared to send military force to Minneapolis if necessary

Such a decision hasn't been made by federal government since 1992.

Screen Shot 2020-05-28 at 11.06.07 PM

Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct on Lake Street overrun, set on fire

The building was reportedly evacuated around 10 p.m.

MN National Guard

National Guard sending nearly 11,000 troops to Minneapolis

It's the largest local National Guard response in Minnesota history.