Local law enforcement agencies will get the use of an updated armored vehicle after the Winona County Board cast its approval this week.
Sheriff Dave Brand said the vehicle will come to Winona virtually free from U-S Homeland Security which is not using the vehicle anymore.
It will replace an outdated armored car from the 1990s that has not been used.
Both the Winona Police Department and the Sheriff's Department will pay $1,400 each for the so-called M-RAP car that can hold up to ten officers and be used in special situations.
Brand said he has offered to send the old vehicle back to the U-S Army at Camp McCoy.
Homeland Security has made 15 of the newer armored vehicles available to law enforcement agencies in Minnesota.