MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

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Can you spot the military helicopter flying above downtown Minneapolis in this picture?
You might not have seen helicopters buzzing around the Twin Cities around 11 p.m. last night, but if you live near downtown Minneapolis, you almost certainly heard them.

That's because the damn things were flying around without their lights on during the second night of joint military-law enforcement training.

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Here's one video from the North Loop that gives you an idea:

Another video shot by a veteran who served in Iraq that was later posted to Facebook (unfortunately it's not embeddable) shows an unlit helicopter weaving between buildings in downtown Minneapolis. We'd tell you more about last night's training, but next to none of the information about what's going on is public. That much was made clear in a statement released by the Minneapolis Police Department yesterday.

"Due to safety and security concerns, the exact location of the exercises cannot be released," the statement says. "The routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country and training sites and times have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents. The training is not open to the public."

On that note -- do the MPD and Department of Defense think we're all night owls? Helicopters were flying overhead at 11 p.m. last night for God's sake! In the wake of Fireworks-Gate, some tried to look on the bright side: But in all seriousness, the loud training didn't just impact people in downtown Minneapolis: Here's video of military helicopters flying over downtown St. Paul during the first night of training on Monday:

The presence of military choppers over the Twin Cities had some comparing our cities to American battlefields of yore: But it should be noted that at least one thoughtful person argued people are being a bit quick to complain about training that could at least in theory be useful someday.

(For more, click to page two.)

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