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No Deal Yet Over Foley Police Services

Tim Lyon

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) – The city of Foley and Benton County are still at odds over a contract for a police services.

Last month, Foley became the first city in Minnesota to decide to hire a private security company to patrol its streets. The city previously contracted with the Benton County sheriff’s office but switched in a cost-cutting move.

The St. Cloud Times reports the city and county spent almost five hours in mediation Friday. They met at the urging of Attorney General Lori Swanson, who raised concerns about the possible legal ramifications of relying on private security.

Foley Mayor Gary Gruba says discussions will continue, though no dates have been set.

Benton County Sheriff Brad Bennett says they had positive discussions but no decisions were made.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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