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WeFest Aftermath: Over 225 911 calls

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DETROIT LAKES, M.N. -- The Minnesota State Patrol and Becker County Sheriff's Office told us they have seen some serious incidents during WeFest throughout the years, in some cases people carrying concealed weapons. This year, a man pled not guilt Friday to stabbing three people on the campground. We pulled the number of calls law enforcement received. 


After nearly week long, non-stop, no rest for the weary, country going concert, campers packed up their bags.

"Coming to a festival that boost over 80 to 100,000 people, you know, you could really get lost in a festival like this,” said concert goer Crystal Hanson. “But it's absolutely amazing.”

Sunday, everyone hit the road for the journey back home. Some like Hanson have a longer drive than others.

The Minnesota State Patrol warned drivers to be cautious as traffic grows. In fact, they've already had to clean up several accidents from drivers not paying attention or choosing not to follow the law.

"We did arrests a few drivers for DWI's,” said Lt. Corey Pausch from M.N. State Patrol. “We had a lot of minor consumption charges and a lot of under 21 drink and drive charges."

A total of 18 were arrested for DWI's. Law enforcement told us mass crowds and booze is never a great combination. Alcohol played a factor in the tazing and stabbing incident Thursday.

"If you get 30,000 to 40,000 people together, you're bound to have something like that happen,” said Becker County Investigator Luke Sweere. “It's not something that's happened every year, but we had some serious assaults that have happened in the past."

We pulled some numbers and over the course of the four day concert Becker County Sheriff's Office received over 225 911 calls. The most frequent calls were medical issues, disorderly conduct and property damage. 


While crowds can get out of hand, it's not something that would deter Hanson from coming back next year.

"We might stop coming if it turned into something, but it's been absolutely wonderful here,” said Hanson.

Over the course of the concert about 70 people were arrested. Most common violations were drinking and driving and disorderly conduct. State patrol pulled over 588 cars for traffic stops.

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