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Northland Steps Up: Iron Range police chief delivers groceries

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Tower, MN -- This can be a nervous time for folks who may be older, or who have pre-existing health conditions.

For them, any trip to the store or grocery could be something of a medical gamble.

So we're hearing more stories of friends, family, neighbors and even complete strangers making grocery runs for those considered vulnerable.

Tuesday, we went way up north to the shores of Lake Vermilion, to meet Breitung Police Chief Dan Nylund.

Last week, as the COVID-19 crisis took off, Chief Nylund posted on his Department's Facebook page, offering to pick up groceries at the local Zup's, and deliver them to anyone worried about going out.

"I'm not entirely tech savvy, but it was amazing to see it liked and shared throughout our community," said Nylund.

Turns out the need was there.

So Tuesday morning, Nylund put on his protective gloves, loaded up his thoroughly disinfected squad, and got to work.

He made deliveries to the two people who placed orders with Zup's.

One in Tower, the other in nearby Soudan.

He plans to keep it going every Tuesday, as long as the need exists.

"Even if it goes past Corona, we are a community Police Department, and we'll do whatever's necessary to make sure our citizens are both cared for and safe," said Nylund.

If you live up in that area and need some groceries delivered, below is a link to the Department's Facebook page, where details can be found.

Dan Wolfe

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