We are pleased to announce the hiring of our new HERO Center manager – Dan Anselment

Dan Anselment Dan Anselment has been hired to manage the new HERO Center Training Facility. Anselment has spent the past five years overseeing the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center and National Forensic Academy. He’ll be returning home to Minnesota, having previously served as an officer with the Burnsville Police Department (8 years) while also providing his expertise to the Rice County Sheriff’s Office of the Coroner and Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. While his roots certainly demonstrated a connection to the Twin Cities, it was his experience as a law enforcement trainer and his recent work managing several training facilities in Tennessee that ultimately won the endorsement from leaders in both Cottage Grove and Woodbury (who jointly own and operate the HERO Center). Anselment, who holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership, starts his new role in early September.

Take a virtual tour of our HERO Training Center

May 9, 2019 – Things are really coming together as crews get ready to fully-enclose the HERO Center. We’re still on schedule for completion in October and for operations and rental possibilities beginning January 1, 2020! Woodbury Assistant Director of Public Safety Kris Mienert and Cottage Grove Deputy Director of Public Safety Greg Rinzel take you inside the facility. They’re also the people you need to talk to about facility rental; you’ll find their contact information at the bottom of this page.

(April 9, 2019) We just wanted to give you a quick look at the construction progress here at the HERO (Health and Emergency Response Occupations) Center. It’s the beginning of April, the walls are up, and we hope to be fully-enclosed sometime in May. Scroll down for more details, including contact information if you’re interested in membership or rental opportunities. The facility, operated by the cities of Cottage Grove and Woodbury, is just a 15-minute drive from St. Paul.

The Cities of Cottage Grove and Woodbury are constructing a regional state-of-the-art immersive training center for police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS). The facility will be constructed on an undeveloped 9-acre parcel adjacent to the Cottage Grove City Hall and Public Safety Building, located at 10125 85th Street South, Cottage Grove, MN.

HERO (Health & Emergency Responder Occupations) Integrated Training Facility in Cottage Grove, Minnesota

  • 12 Lane, 50-Yard Indoor Firearms Range
    HERO Range
  • 4 Lane, 50-Yard Indoor Firearms Range
  • Large, Fenced In, Outdoor Training Area (K-9, Fire Operations, Tactical Response)
  • Indoor, Reality Based Training Pod
  • Drive-Through Training Bay
    Training Bay
  • Two-Story, Hufcor Movable Wall System
  • Fully-Padded Defensive Tactics Room
  • TI Training Use of Force Simulator
  • Three Classrooms

Located in Cottage Grove, Minnesota and operated and owned by the City of Woodbury and the City of Cottage Grove

For Membership and Rental Information Contact:
Cottage Grove Police Department
Greg Rinzel, Deputy Director of Public Safety

Woodbury Police Department
Kris Mienert, Assistant Director of Public Safety