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PHOTOS: Military helicopters train over Twin Cities

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Don't be alarmed if you see low-flying helicopters with military personnel over your house this week. Authorities say military aircraft will be conducting routine training over the Twin Cities through Saturday, largely in the evenings.

Minneapolis Police say the U.S. Special Operations Command training actually began last Sunday, but it was in locations not easily seen by or open to the public.

Police are alerting the public that the urban-environment training will become more visible as helicopters support the training this week. Residents may see or hear low-flying, military transport helicopters -- specifically Black Hawks and smaller Hughes 500s, flying in the Minneapolis area between 7 p.m. and midnight.

The exact training times and locations are not being released to prevent people from gathering to watch the training and creating a safety hazard.

Police say they're announcing the exercises to alert residents and prevent concerned callers from overloading the 911 system.

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