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Nowthen won't follow Foley's lead; rehire sheriff's deputies for city law enforcement

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Dec 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

NOWTHEN, Minn. (AP) - Law enforcement will continue uninterrupted in the small Minnesota town of Nowthen next year after the City Council reversed course and found a way to pay the nearly $320,000 cost.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the council unanimously approved on Wednesday a two-year contract with the Anoka County sheriff's office.

The council voted earlier this month not to increase taxes to pay for sheriff services, making it unclear how routine crime and other security issues would be handled in the new year.

Council member Harlan Meyers says the council heard from the public that it didn't want higher taxes, but also wanted police protection.

The city will free up money by refinancing its maintenance facility and will tap its emergency services fund to pay the cost.

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