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Tele-communicator Tom Barthman mans one of the stations in St. Croix County's Emergency Communications Center. The center handles 911 calls for law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS agencies from around the county. Photo by Judy Wiff

Out of cigarettes? Worried about birds? Don't call 911, say county dispatchers

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St. Croix County 911 dispatchers may not have heard it all, but they've heard a lot.

While trained to deal with life-and-death emergencies, the dispatchers have fielded calls from a man who wanted cigarettes delivered to his house, a woman worried about seagulls and people wondering if the tornado siren they can hear is meant for them.


Casey Swetlik, director of the county's Emergency Communications Center, has compiled a recording of strange calls his 911 center has gotten.

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