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‘I do feel safe here at the Capitol’: State senators reassured with added security

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX47) -- With growing concerns about potential attacks on state capitols ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, security is ramping up at those 50 symbols of democracy across the country.

In Minnesota, that means the National Guard is activated to patrol the capitol grounds for the next few days.

We are told there are specific threats Minnesota officials are focusing on. But, they haven't said exactly what those threats are.

Questions about safety at the state capitol are ones lawmakers never thought they'd have to answer.

(DFL) Senator Nick Frentz

"I do feel safe here at the Capitol," said Sen. Nick Frentz, (DFL) North Mankato.

Frentz said security has been ramped up in St. Paul.

"I'm very glad and reassured to see them at points of every floor of the capitol here in the senate building. At times this week they were checking senate ID badges as we entered the parking garage," Frentz said.

Senator Nelson's Statement

Sen. Carla Nelson, (R) Rochester, says she's been in communication with law enforcement who say they are monitoring the situation.

Adding that, "While I am deeply concerned about the increase in lawlessness, destruction and violence aimed at state and federal government and ongoing threats, I have great confidence in our peace officers."

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison urges everyone to be concerned and alert but not to panic.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

"Minnesota we are ready, we're prepared we're talking, we're working together trying to do all we can to maintain good order and safety and rule of law in our state and we are going to do that," Ellison said. "We are looking for any information that may look strange or suspicious or represents a threat to the stability and rule of law in our state."

The standing rule, if you see something, say something.

"If anyone knows any information share it with us immediately, we need it and we will use it fully," Ellison said.

All of this is also to make sure anyone who wants to exercise their first amendment rights can do so within the law.

"There's nothing in the constitution about breaking windows or setting fires or looting," Frentz added.

If you do have any information about a possible threat, you are asked to contact your local law enforcement or the FBI.

Ubah Ali

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