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Minnesota State Patrol finishes 3rd in calendar contest; Wisconsin misses the cut

A photo by Minnesota State Patrol placed third in the American Association of State Troopers' 2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest. It will be featured in AAST's 2018 calendar. Photo via Facebook

A photo of a white and maroon Minnesota State Patrol cruiser, with help from a high-profile background, earned enough online votes earlier this month to appear in a calendar featuring the best looking cruisers in the country.

The State Patrol-submitted photo placed third in the American Association of State Troopers' 2017 Best Looking Cruiser Contest with more than 16,000 "likes" on the association's Facebook page. The photo features a cruiser in front of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of Super Bowl LII in February 2018.

Georgia State Patrol was named 2017 America’s Best Looking Cruiser for the second year in a row, and will be featured on the cover of the calendar. West Virginia State Police came in second. 

Wisconsin State Patrol did not place in the top 13.

The contest received almost 300,000 “likes” and reached 2.2 million people, according to AAST.

The 2018 calendars will be available to purchase at beginning Oct. 1.

The top 13 finalists are:

  1. Georgia State Patrol
  2. West Virginia State Police
  3. Minnesota State Patrol
  4. Tennessee Highway Patrol
  5. North Carolina State Highway Patrol
  6. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
  7. Kentucky State Police
  8. Oregon State Police
  9. Delaware State Police
  10. Massachusetts State Police
  11. Ohio State Highway Patrol
  12. Michigan State Police
  13. Pennsylvania State Police
Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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