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Military training worries Twin Cities residents

Military training worries Twin Cities residents




Cell phone video showed military helicopters flying just feet from his apartment balcony. KARE


MINNEAPOLIS – It’s the view that Sam Koza loves about his Minneapolis high rise apartment, but love may not be the best way to describe the view he had Monday night. “They were just zooming by,” he said of low-flying military helicopters. “What are these helicopters doing flying in right in between my buildings.” He captured cell phone video of military helicopters flying just feet from his apartment balcony for about two hours. “When they came through these buildings. It was so loud and it echoed so much you could feel it in the house, you could feel it in your body,” he said. He and much of Minneapolis had no idea why. Neither did people in St. Paul who also saw choppers flying in between buildings. “It was a bonehead idea in the first place, but at least they saw the error of their ways,” said St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune. Thune said he was told by the city of St. Paul the helicopters would no longer fly above the city for the rest of the training, which goes until Thursday. He wants to know why the public wasn’t told about this beforehand. “It happened a similar way two years ago and people were angry then. There shouldn’t be secrecy. I mean, this is the United States,” he said. Both city police departments said they were not able to give residents warning because of security concerns, but the departments said they would turn to their Twitter pages to let people know more information about locations throughout the week. No one from the U.S. Military returned phone calls, but a spokesperson told KARE 11’s news partner MPR they did not want to give advance warning because they didn’t want crowds to gather. Representatives with Minneapolis and St. Paul mayors say the military made requests for this training several months ago. “They asked the mayor’s consent to coordinate logistics with the MPD,” said Kate Brickman, spokesperson for Mayor Betsy Hodges. Mayor Chris Coleman’s spokesperson Tonya Tennessen said the U.S. Department of Defense asked the city “to take a different approach to communications” as opposed to 2012 where she said they gave the public warning about similar military exercises. Thune not only has concerns about warning but safety and so do other residents. “There’s always that thought. They’re humans. They could make a mistake,” said Koza.

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