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Bomb threat closes Park Rapids grocery store

Law officers barricaded a downtown Park Rapids grocery store for several hours Thursday after a hoax bomb threat was called in.

According to Park Rapids Police Chief Terry Eilers, a male called Coborn's about 10:15 a.m. and told the receptionist, "I have some serious news."

The caller went on to say a bomb had been placed in "the Western Union box" near the store's courtesy counter.

The receptionist said, "Are you serious?" and placed the call on hold.

It then went to the store manager, who asked the same thing, Eilers said. He was told the bomb was set to detonate "in three hours," roughly 1 p.m. He called police.

The store was barricaded and closed as police officers and several members of the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, including Sheriff Cory Aukes, descended on the building. The Law Enforcement Center is just down the block.

"We have to treat this seriously," Eilers said inside the store.

The store will reopen at 2 p.m. Eilers said a bomb squad was not called in.

"Western Union doesn't even have a box in the store," he said. "All it has is an envelope display."