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Sep 30th, 2009

Summary: According to initial reports, the Princeton police and fire departments and bomb squads from Minneapolis and Crow Wing County were responding to reports of suspicious packages at the Princeton post office, high school, and public utilities building in Princeton, Minnesota. According to later reports, the packages were “contained” and removed from the sites by early afternoon. The Princeton school superintendent described the package found outside the high school as an “incendiary device” and quoted the police chief as saying the objects were “very suspicious,” containing “some explosive material.” Subsequent tests showed the packages contained “inert powders and were negative for hazardous materials” — an apparent hoax. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on the 21st day after losing his 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, Aubrey Immelman, in line with his focus on national security, reported on the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and U.S. military deaths and persistent violence in Iraq.