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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Bomb threats at GF Wal-Mart, EGF Hugo's spur evacuations

  • Nothing found in either incident.
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  • A bomb threat Saturday resulted in the evacuation of Walmart and Sam’s Club on 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks, closing the businesses for about three hours.
        According to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department, officers were dispatched to Walmart about 5 p.m. after the store received a phone call from a male subject stating there was a bomb in the store.
        Employees and customers in the store, as well as the adjacent Sam’s Club, were evacuated. Employees were told to wait outside. Authorities blocked off the parking lots in front of both buildings and a portion of South Columbia Road, located west of Walmart.
        Officers with the Grand Forks Regional Bomb team assisted police in searching the buildings and surrounding area. No suspicious objects were found, the release said.
        Both stores were allowed to reopen at 8 p.m. Saturday.
        The Grand Forks Police Department, Grand Forks Fire Department and ambulances from Altru Hospital were on the scene Saturday evening.
        This is the second bomb threat to the Grand Forks Walmart in less than four months.
       The store received a threat in March, which prompted an immediate evacuation. Sam’s Club also evacuated voluntarily in response to that threat.
        The investigation into Saturday’s incident is ongoing.
    Sunday threat
        The East Grand Forks Police Department received a report at 4:42 p.m. Sunday of a bomb threat at Hugo’s in East Grand Forks, at 306 14th St. NE. Officers, along with the East Grand Forks Fire Department, Border Patrol and Grand Forks Bomb Squad responded.
        The building was searched and nothing was found.
        Anyone with information on the Hugo’s bomb threat is asked to call the EGFPD at 218 773-1104.

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