State News

  • St. Joseph’s $551,340 share of CARES money will be spent for public safety, health needs
    St. Joseph’s $551,340 share of CARES Act federal funding will be split between public safety and public health needs, the City Council decided Aug. 3. Congress passed the measure in the spring with the money distributed by the states to each locality based on population. The money can only be used for expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic.
    - PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Leaders
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  • Bloomington Police, Firefighters Rescue Cat Stuck In Cinder Block
    Authorities in Bloomington teamed up Wednesday to help rescue a family’s cat. The pet, named Ethica, was new to the family as they had just rescued her. The Bloomington police and Bloomington fire responded after the cat fell into a cinder block within the home. Officials say it wasn’t easy to get the animal out, but crews were able to eventually reunite Ethica with her new family.
    - PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 9:14:48 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis
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  • Interim chief takes reins at Anoka-Champlin
    The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department has hired former Plymouth Fire Chief Richard Kline as interim chief while the Fire Board seeks a new round of applicants for the position of full-time chief. Since longtime Chief Charlie Thompson left to take the top job at the Columbia Heights Fire Department last summer, Anoka-Champlin has struggled to find the right candidate to replace him, despite interviewing two rounds of applicants.
    - PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 5:37:23 PM - SOURCE: Hometown Source
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  • ATF assisting in investigation of large downtown St. Paul fire
    The St. Paul division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting in the investigation of a large fire downtown St. Paul that happened Tuesday morning. On social media, the ATF stated it is assisting the St. Paul Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's office in the investigation.
    - PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 5:46:57 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • New device part of 'bundle of care' saving lives during cardiac arrest in Minnesota, across country
    It’s been about a month since Edina paramedics rushed to the home of Richfield Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch after he suffered cardiac arrest on July 1. Six days later, the Chief walked into the Edina Fire Station to thank the team for saving his life. “The whole cascade of events went perfectly for me,” said Kewitsch.
    - PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 9:11:02 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Fire destroys construction site near Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul
    PHOTOS: A fire tore through a building that was under construction near the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota early Tuesday morning causing flames and smoke that could be seen for miles. The St. Paul Fire Department said in a tweet, they responded to the scene around 4:20 a.m. and had to fight the fire from the exterior because of its advanced stage.
    - PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 4:45:46 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis
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  • Tanker truck catches fire on Hwy 53 near Northland
    An Edwards Oil tanker truck caught fire on Hwy 53 Monday afternoon. Firefighters were called out around 1 p.m. and block traffic for about an hour. According to the Northland FireWire, flames were contained to the rear wheels of the Edwards Oil truck, and no product was spilled. Crews from Cotton, Ellsburg, Northland, Albion and the Duluth Air National Guard responded.
    - PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 12:41:25 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV ABC 10 Duluth
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  • Minnesota sees increase in smoking fire related deaths
    It’s something that’s increasing in Minnesota, deaths from fires because of smoking. The number of deaths are up 35-percent compared to last year but the Rochester Fire Department has tips to keep you safe, "Fires happen when you least expect them and we just want you to be vigilant and really think about where you're disregarding your cigarettes,” KC Clark, motor operator for the Rochester Fire Department said.
    - PUB DATE: 8/2/2020 4:40:19 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Authorities investigating large house fire in Oakdale
    Authorities are investigating after a large fire significantly damaged a home Friday evening in Oakdale, Minnesota. According to officials, at about 7:13 p.m., crews responded to 537 Grafton Avenue North for a fire reported in the attached garage. Occupants of the residence, a family of five, got out of the house before firefighters arrived.
    - PUB DATE: 8/1/2020 5:09:50 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
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  • Northland firefighters put to the test with live practice
    It’s not every day that firefighters have a real house to burn down for training purposes. But on Saturday, multiple Northland agencies participated in a live-burn of a three story home. Jason Maki from the Cloquet Fire Department said this training is second to none—especially for first time fire fighters.
    - PUB DATE: 8/1/2020 2:49:47 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV ABC 10 Duluth
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