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UPDATE: Detroit Lakes Walmart reopens after suspicious package investigated

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

DETROIT LAKES — The Walmart in Detroit Lakes reopened hours after it was evacuated Friday afternoon because of a suspicious package.

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The Crow Wing County Bomb Squad investigated the package, which turned out to be a zipped-up coat with several other store items inside it.

Authorities suspect a shopper was planning to steal the merchandise-filled coat but decided against it, hiding it in the store where coats don't usually belong.

Police received a call around 3:45 p.m. about the package, and the store was evacuated.

"We were able to evacuate everyone out of the store in a nice, organized manner," said Detroit Lakes police Officer Robert Strand.

The package was relocated outside the store and the parking lot was blocked off as the bomb squad was called in.

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