- Special Sections
A Barnes County-owned buyout house along the Sheyenne River south of Valley City will serve a special purpose before it is eventually dismantled.
At Tuesdayâs meeting the county commission moved to allow the regional SWAT team to use the building for training exercises.
The exact time and location of the training will not be made public because the team wishes to keep its methods a secret from the criminals who will be subject to them.
âThey would like it to be out of town to maintain some privacy,â County Emergency Manager Kim Franklin said. âTheyâre not going to advertise it ahead of time. They donât want a lot of onlookers; they have their own things they practice.â
Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said sheâd be interested in viewing the training.
âI participated in a SWAT teamâs training exercises in a buyout home in Valley City one time,â she said. âLast time I got to be the drug addict so I got dragged out and (an officer) threw me on the ground and âcuffed me. It was pretty fun; of course I wasnât cooperating so I got what I had coming.â
None of the countyâs FEMA buyout homes can be demolished and burned until all asbestos is safely removed. In the past, county officials found themselves in hot water after a county-retained contractor improperly removed from another county-owned property slated for demolition.
Also, due to dry weather several burning bans had been in effect.
The countyâs fire threat was reduced to medium on Monday following weekend rains.
âWeâre not talking burning this one, theyâre going to practice, I assume, some kind of drug-bust hostage situation,â Schwehr said.