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Medical clinics in Detroit Lakes (Minn.) evacuated due to bomb threat

Several medical clinics in Detroit Lakes were evacuated Wednesday evening due to a bomb threat. The evacuations affected the St. Mary's Innovis Clinic, Meritcare and the 7-Day Clinic.

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena said that an initial call was made to the Becker County Sheriff's Dispatch at 5:44 p.m. The caller stated that a pipe bomb was placed at a clinic and it would detonate in two hours.

"You have two hours and this is no joke," Keena said of what the caller told the Sheriff's Department.

While officers where en route to St. Mary's Innovis, a second call was made that requested money to be dropped off in a dumpster.

Law enforcement teams from Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Audubon, White Earth and the Sheriff's Department searched the clinics.

Authorities narrowed their focus to St. Mary's Innovis after it was determined that the calls came from a pay phone inside of St. Mary's Innovis hospital.

A bomb sniffing dog from the State Patrol Explosives Unit in Alexandria was brought in, Keena said.

"They swept the facility," said LeAnn Mouw, Director of Development & Communications for St. Mary's Innovis.

Police are continuing their investigation and know the sex of the caller, but aren't releasing it at this time.

"We're looking at anything and everything," Keena said. "We haven't ruled out anything."

Keena said that the bomb threat is a serious matter. "It's a felony," he said. "It commanded an awful lot of resources."

He said 15 law enforcement officers and 30 firefighters were tied up for several hours dealing with the threat.