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St. Paul bomb squad deems suspicious Levee Park package safe

A suspicious package left near a bench in Levee Park was deemed safe following an investigation by the St. Paul Police bomb squad Monday morning.

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s dispatch received a report from the Red Wing Visitor’s Center and Convention Bureau around 11 a.m. that a black plastic box had been neatly placed on the ground next to a park bench.

Local law enforcement evacuated and taped off the area. The St. Paul bomb squad responded when the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management duty officers were notified of the package.

The American Queen riverboat was docked nearby and informed the Deck Safety officer that no passengers were onboard.

The packaged was deemed safe shortly after 1 p.m.

In a media release following the incident, Red Wing police thanked the citizens for their cooperation during the temporary closure of Levee Park and also the St. Paul Bomb Squad for their response.

Police Chief Roger Pohlman encourages citizens to continue reporting any suspicious activity or objects.

“Anything that doesn’t feel right or doesn’t look right should be reported,” he said. “An officer will respond to the scene to check it out, and if we think it warrants further action we block off the site and call for further assistance like we did today.”