Minnesota State Patrol Issues Report Following WE Fest


The Minnesota State Patrol has issued their report on the patrol activity surrounding the 37th annual WE Fest Country Music and Camping Festival at the Soo Pass Ranch near Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Sergeant Jesse Grabow, Public Information Officer for the northwest region of the Minnesota State Patrol, says troopers stopped a total of 1,461 vehicles during the festival in the Lakes area. The number of traffic stops is up from 1,377 in 2018, but down from a high of 1,469 in 2017.

The stops resulted in a total of 45 citations for driving after revocation/suspension/cancellation, 24 DWI arrests, 16 warrant arrests, nine felony drug arrests and six minor consumption citations.

The 24 DWI arrests are the most since 2011, when 25 DWI arrests were made.

While the traffic was heavy within the area, Grabow says the Minnesota State Patrol did not respond to or investigate any crashes during the festival.