Blaine officers have ice cream with kids

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

Blaine police officers and the interim police chief enjoyed a cool treat of ice cream, on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 29, when officers met kids and parents for a casual gathering at the Big Dipper Creamery, 1250 126th Ave. NE.

This was the Blaine Police Department’s first Cone with a Cop event. The department is seeking new ways for community engagement and this was a spin-off of the Coffee with a Cop that has been happening on a regular basis.

Interim Police Chief Dan Szykulski said they wanted to have a kid-focused event before the school year started. A happy coincidence was that the nearby Johnsville Elementary School was holding an open house, which he said helped draw in more kids.

Tanya Reimann and her 5-year-old children Eli and Harper visited with Szykulski. She enjoyed having a casual conversation that was not focused on any particular topic. And of course, Eli enjoyed his mint Oreo ice cream while his sister Harper snacked on a birthday cake ice cream.

“It’s fun for them to get in the community and meet the cops,” she said. “They were excited to get dessert before dinner.”

There were a couple of Blaine police squad cars parked out front that parents and their children could take a look at. Blaine Police Officer Gordon Fiske showed the electrical outlet where he needs to plug in to recharge a battery in the squad car that powers a multitude of electronic equipment. He opened the trunk to display all the gadgets and gear and talked about how very soon Blaine officers would be adding body worn cameras to add yet another piece of electronic equipment to the officer’s uniform.

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Interim Police Chief Dan Szykulski poses for a picture with 5-year-old Blaine residents Harper and Eli Reimann. Photos by Eric Hagen Jill Kerns, of Blaine, has ice cream with her children Rylie, 6, Caleb, 8, and Katie, 5. Also pictured are Rep. Nolan West, R-Blaine, and Blaine Police Officer Greg Rowe. Blaine Police Officer Katie Weinberg met the Freeman family at a Cone with a Cop event at Big Dipper Creamery on Aug. 29. Pictured are Megan and Shawn Freeman and their sons Jack, 9, and Ben, 5.
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Blaine Police Officer Katie Weinberg met the Freeman family at a Cone with a Cop event at Big Dipper Creamery on Aug. 29. Pictured are Megan and Shawn Freeman and their sons Jack, 9, and Ben, 5.