Minnesota State Fair Reinstates Its Police Force

The Minnesota State Fair has reinstated its police department, the fair’s manager announced Monday, a move that comes after months of uncertainty about fair security.

The new department will be led by Commander Ron Knafla of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and, like in years past, will bring in sworn law enforcement officers from across the state to help at fair time.

The last State Fair police chief retired in May, and fair officials decided at the time to disband their small police force and hire an outside agency to handle security.

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