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Authorities: Appleton standoff situation has been resolved, West Central SWAT, other law enforcement had responded

APPLETON - The West Central SWAT team and other law enforcement responded to an incident Tuesday afternoon on East Snelling Avenue in Appleton. The reported situation has been resolved, according to a 7:45 p.m. post on the Swift County Sheriff's ...

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Ginny Lubitz

APPLETON – The West Central SWAT team and other law enforcement responded to an incident Tuesday afternoon on East Snelling Avenue in Appleton. The reported situation has been resolved, according to a 7:45 p.m. post on the Swift County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

Some West Central Tribune readers described the situation as a standoff, while KDMA/KMGM/KKRC Radio reported the incident as a situation late Tuesday afternoon. The radio report said that the SWAT team, Swift County Sheriff’s Office and the Appleton Police Department had the suspect isolated.

East Snelling Avenue was blocked off by law enforcement, according to the radio report, and the public was asked to stay away from the area. Video posted by KDMA/KMGM/KKRC Radio also showed Minnesota State Patrol responding.

The Swift County Sheriff’s Office told the West Central Tribune on Tuesday afternoon that it did not yet have any information to share, and no official statement was forthcoming by Tuesday evening.

KLQP Radio reported that Lac qui Parle Valley School District Superintendent Greg Schmidt put out an automated phone message to district residents saying that no students were in danger and the incident was not near the elementary school in Appleton. The call said buses ran on schedule and that those students who normally walked home would be detained at the elementary school in Appleton until the situation was resolved. Parents were able to make arrangements to pick their children up.

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A Tribune call to the Lac qui Parle Valley School District superintendent late Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

 

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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