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Safety center sought

Minnesota needs a permanent school safety center to help prevent school violence, public safety officials and others told legislators Monday.

During the school shootings at Red Lake High School in March 2005, local, state and federal law enforcement officers worked well together, recalled former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said. However, the incident showed more training in school safety is necessary, he said.

"Those of us who have personally experienced the horror of a school shooting will never forget it," said Heffelfinger, who served on a school safety task force created last year by the Legislature.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed in his 2007-09 budget plan that $200,000 be used to create a Minnesota School Safety Center.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.