The unmanned aircraft have changed the way the military approaches warfare. But - without any public discussion - they've also become a tool used by local police and sheriff's departments. Some critics say the blending of military and police functions raises red flags.
Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial
Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.
23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth
A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.
2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country
The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.
St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago
The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.
Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove
The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria
The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.
Lengthy standoff in Prior Lake ends late Friday night
The suspect allegedly assaulted an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.
Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week
The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.
With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals
Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.
Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis
The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.
Stillwater police looking for suspect who stole vehicle with 1-year-old inside
The suspect abandoned the vehicle with the child still inside just 5 minutes after the theft.
Law enforcers in Fargo area say they're open to using drones
Authorities in the Fargo-Moorhead area say they haven't yet used the unmanned surveillance aircraft to go after wanted criminals, but they also say they're not opposed to the idea. The state's lawmakers say they also would support using drones in some circumstances. Some civil rights advocates, worried about personal privacy, are pushing for strict rules governing the use of drones.
Grand Forks Sheriff's Department about to start using drones
The department in North Dakota will be among only seven law enforcement offices nationwide to use unmanned aircraft this spring. The Fargo Forum reports the sheriff's department has partnered with UND to develop an unmanned aircraft systems program that will be unique to the upper Midwest. The drones can be used for standoff situations and crime scenes as well as search and rescue operations.
Law enforcement to step up presence in downtown Mpls. this weekend
City leaders said Friday that Hennepin County will double the number of sheriff's deputies and extend shifts this weekend in downtown Minneapolis. Also looking to curb problems, the county is debating tougher penalties for problematic clubs, staggering or extending bar closing times, or providing more late-night food options.
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