State News

  • Ready for the call: Rochester Fire Department prepares for city growth
    The rapid growth of southeast Minnesota has some area fire departments planning for the future, including the Rochester Fire Department. For Rochester Fire Captain John Bush, firefighting has always been in the cards. "From the time I was probably 5 years old I knew that this is what I wanted to do and growing up in Rochester I knew I wanted to be on the fire department, here,” said Captain John Busch with the Rochester Fire Department.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 9:59:21 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • New city policy could rein in Tower ambulance spending
    City officials are working to develop a new purchasing policy that is intended to bring a greater level of accountability and control to city spending here. The new policy is likely to rein in spending, in particular, by the Tower Area Ambulance Service (TAAS), which has spent thousands of dollars a year on unusual purchases for a public agency, such as groceries, frequent meals at restaurants, cases of soft drinks, and high-end queen-sized mattresses, apparently for its ambulance quarters.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2019 1:55:54 AM - SOURCE: Tower Timberjay
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  • First Female Deputy Chief in Duluth Fire Department's history
    She's a familiar face with the Duluth Fire Department. And now, Marnie Grondahl is the first female chief-level officer in the department's history. Dulth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj appointed Grondahl to be the next Deputy Chief of Life Safety and Administration. She's served in the role of Interim Deputy Chief since May, and was the Fire Marshall for about eight years prior.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 3:57:27 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
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  • Infant dies at hospital, after 911 call in Crow Wing Township
    Deputies, along with other emergency responders, answered the call and assisted with lifesaving measures. The infant was pronounced deceased at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd a short time later, the sheriff’s office reported in a news release. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the cause of death and more information will be available at a later date.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Dispatch
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  • 25-year-old son of Navy Veteran dead after Red Wing house fire
    The city of Red Wing is reporting its first fire fatality in many years, according to Fire Chief Shannon Draper. Red Wing firefighters responded to a residential fire at 8:19 a.m. Sunday along the 1200 block of Phelps Street. Once on scene, neighbors alerted them that the home was still occupied, likely by the adult son of the homeowner.
    - PUB DATE: 11/10/2019 8:02:43 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Fire Destroys Lodge In Voyageurs National Park; None Hurt
    Officials in northern Minnesota say a fire destroyed a lodge Monday in Voyageurs National Park. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says fire ravaged the Voyageur Park Lodge on Watlz Road in Kabetogama Township. Crews responded to the fire around 5 p.m. and determined the structure to be a total loss.
    - PUB DATE: 11/12/2019 6:42:43 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Waconia’s fire chief aims to boost department ranks
    Did you know that Waconia’s fire department is staffed primarily by people who could be your neighbors? People who leave their jobs, families and the comfort of their homes to respond to your emergency? Did you know that 96 percent of the calls for service this year had nothing to do with fires and 12 percent of calls are for false alarms? Fire Chief Chris Nelson shared those insights and offered a plea for recruits recently at the Waconia Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.
    - PUB DATE: 11/11/2019 6:45:09 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
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  • Woman's death is Minneapolis' 1st fire fatality of 2019
    Minneapolis has reported its first fire death of 2019. Firefighters were called Wednesday night around 10:00 p.m. to a fire in a home in south Minneapolis. Crews found an unconscious woman near the back door of a home at 5215 36th Ave. South in Minneapolis and carried her outside. The Minneapolis Fire Department says the woman died Friday at an area hospital.
    - PUB DATE: 11/11/2019 2:24:56 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
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  • Firefighters Knock Down Minneapolis House Fire Amid Frigid Cold
    Minneapolis firefighters were out in the cold overnight battling a house fire amid frigid temperatures. The fire broke out at a home on Elliot Avenue South around 2:15 a.m. Monday. The family woke up to their smoke alarms going off and got out of the house. Firefighters found the fire in the walls and attic.
    - PUB DATE: 11/11/2019 6:28:22 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Classic Cars Destroyed In South Minneapolis Garage Fires
    A south Minneapolis homeowner lost two classic cars in a garage fire early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the 2900 block of 17th Avenue South at about 4:15 a.m. They arrived to find a two-car garage fully engulfed. The homeowner tells WCCO they lost two vintage Cadillacs in the fire, as well as a third car that was parked next to the garage.
    - PUB DATE: 11/9/2019 3:24:39 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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