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Brown County 911 Calls Have Risen

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Brown County, Minn. -

911 calls have significantly increased from 2012 to 2013, but Brown County Officials say it's actually a good thing.

In fact, from 2011 to last year, emergency calls increased by about 43 percent.

Jason Seidl, Brown County's Chief Deputy says, "It's a good thing. It means that people are starting to call 911 more often."

According to the latest report, there was 2, 403 more 911 calls in 2013 than in 2012, but why?

Seidl says, "Years and years ago, people used to have landlines only, if they saw an emergency they had to wait until they got to their residence. Now if people are driving along somewhere and they see something happen they can make that call then and there."

In 2013, 1, 775 land line calls were made to Brown County dispatchers, however, 68, 000 were made by mobile phone.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office does ask if you do accidentally dial 911, don't hang up.

Seidl says, "If it's an accidental dial, stay on the line, let us know if it was an accidental dial."

Brown County officials urge those who do have an emergency, to know their nearest landmark or major street name so they can better assist you.