Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
St. Paul's Push For A More Diverse Fire Department
Fri, 18 May 2018 15:46:37 -0700
St. Paul’s Fire Department is looking for more women to join its crew. Right now, St. Paul has 430 sworn firefighters. Only 18 of them are women. Twelve have been hired in the past 10 years but the department wants more women to serve its diverse community. Reg Chapman spoke with two women who are making history in the Capitol City.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 3:46:37 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Bemidji Fire Department eyes fourth station north of city
Sun, 20 May 2018 06:47:00 -0700
The Bemidji Fire Department is planning to expand north to better serve the Greater Bemidji population of 35,000. The Bemidji City Council will hear a request Monday from the fire department to lease a building in Northern Township, which would be the home to a fourth fire station. The recommendation is based on long range planning by the fire department and the Bemidji Rural Fire Association.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 6:47:00 AM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
Forada Firefighter Repeatedly Provoked Before Beating
Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Over and over, the agitated bar patron tried to provoke a fight. First, he grabbed the man's beer bottle off the bar and threw it against a wall. Then he flipped over the man's cup. On both occasions, the bar's video surveillance revealed, Steve "Beaver" Hlinsky refused to take the bait. He remained unfazed and seated at the bar inside the Muddy Boot in his western Minnesota hometown of Forada.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
House a "Total Loss" after Dodge Center Fire
Thu, 17 May 2018 17:51:19 -0700
Five fire departments battled a large house fire in Dodge Center. According to the Dodge Center Fire Chief, two people were inside the home when the fire started. The elderly couple was outside by the time firefighters arrived. They were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 5:51:19 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Rochester Fire Department responds to anhydrous ammonia leak
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:03:18 -0700
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Rochester Fire Department responded to a farm field in Northeast Rochester where they found an anhydrous ammonia nurse tank leaking. No one was hurt and no evacuations were necessary. According to RFD, the nurse tank was leaking a small amount of anhydrous ammonia from a valve and onto the ground.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 4:03:18 PM - SOURCE: KTTC-TV Rochester
Kittson County-Manitoba fire now 70 percent contained
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:00:47 -0700
A wildfire that broke out early Tuesday afternoon in Clow Township about 10 miles northwest of Lancaster and later jumped the border into Manitoba was about 70 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, officials said. According to Christi Powers, an information officer for the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center in Grand Rapids, air crews Wednesday morning, May 16, estimated the size of the fire at 1,300 acres in an area that's about half forest and half grasslands.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 2:00:47 PM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
Update: Cellphone records of 4 men sought in fatal assault of volunteer Forada firefighter
Wed, 16 May 2018 19:39:42 -0700
Investigators are seeking the cellphone records of four men who were at a west-central Minnesota bar the night a volunteer firefighter was fatally attacked. A search warrant request provided new details in the case. The Douglas County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of 46-year-old Steven Hlinsky of Forada.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 7:39:42 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com
Fire Rips Through Home on Chester Parkway in Duluth
Thu, 17 May 2018 07:43:11 -0700
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 114 Chester Parkway. Officials say crews found a heavily engulfed front porch on a two-story single family home. One of the occupants was reportedly still inside the structure, while the other had safely made his way out.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 7:43:11 AM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Wayzata, Long Lake first responders honored for saving a life
Thu, 17 May 2018 06:27:52 -0700
Members of the Long Lake Fire Department, Wayzata Police Department and North Memorial Health received Lifesaving Awards at the May 1 Long Lake City Council meeting. “This is one of the times that I love to be here and brag about my fire department and our EMS response that we have,” Long Lake Fire Chief James Van Eyll told the council.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 6:27:52 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Wildfire Spreads From Minnesota To Canada Before Containment
Wed, 16 May 2018 07:01:48 -0700
A wildfire in northwestern Minnesota spread into Canada and scorched nearly 2 ½ square miles of grassland. The 1,500-acre Clow Fire began about midday Tuesday and was deemed contained by early Wednesday. No injuries to people or livestock were reported, but flames destroyed a cabin and threatened other structures.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 7:01:48 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
3 People Expected to be OK Following Northeast Minneapolis House Fire
Wed, 16 May 2018 03:36:53 -0700
Three people were expected to be OK after an early-morning house fire in Northeast Minneapolis. According to authorities, the fire occurred at a residence in the area of 22nd Avenue and Roosevelt Street at about 4 a.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor as they worked to extinguish it.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 3:36:53 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Fire Rips Through Duluth House
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:50:58 -0700
Scary moments on Tuesday afternoon after fire broke out inside a home on West Fourth Street in Duluth. At one point, fire officials worried the homeowner was trapped. Nobody was injured in this fire. The cause all centers around a cigarette. The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m at 4209 West Fourth Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:50:58 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Questions Remain Following Assault On Forada Firefighter
Tue, 15 May 2018 09:52:17 -0700
There are many questions surrounding the death of a Minnesota firefighter. Forty-six-year-old Steven Hlinsky, also known as Beaver, was found beaten and bleeding outside the Muddy Boot Bar in Forada on May 5. After days in the hospital, he was released on Friday. But on Sunday, emergency crews found him unresponsive at his Alexandria home, where he was pronounced dead.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 9:52:17 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Firefighters Put Out Car Fire in St. Paul Parking Ramp
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:35:42 -0700
The St. Paul Fire Department says a car fire in a downtown parking ramp was extinguished without injuries Tuesday afternoon. The department said the fire was reported in a St. Joseph's Hospital parking ramp at 72nd 10th Street West. A single car was involved, and because there were no sprinklers in that building, it took a little while to get water there.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:35:42 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
3 People, Including 2 Firefighters, Treated After NE Minneapolis Fire
Mon, 14 May 2018 16:53:27 -0700
Three people, including two firefighters, received medical treatment following a fire in northeast Minneapolis Monday morning. A Minneapolis Fire Department spokesperson said there were 19 tenants in the six-unit home, located on the 500 block of 6th Street SE. The spokesperson said one firefighter had been struck with a board in the face.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 4:53:27 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Firefighter, injured in assault outside Forada bar, dies from injuries
Tue, 15 May 2018 01:47:38 -0700
A man who was assaulted outside of a bar and grill has died from his injuries. Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky, 46, a long-time Forada firefighter, died Sunday afternoon, May 13, at his home, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, which received a 911 call from the Hlinsky residence. Hlinsky, who was unresponsive when first responders arrived, was pronounced and an autopsy has been ordered, according to the Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 1:47:38 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Lakes Tribune
Follow Up: Plymouth to consider hiring 12 career firefighters to remedy staffing challenges, decrease response times
Mon, 14 May 2018 13:53:15 -0700
The Plymouth City Council is considering ways to increase public safety by potentially adding more career firefighters to the city’s current model. City officials, including Public Safety Director Mike Goldstein and Fire Chief Rodger Coppa, met during a May 8 work session to discuss options to address identified staffing challenges within the city fire department.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 1:53:15 PM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Old bowling alley in Monticello chosen as fire station site
Tue, 15 May 2018 07:44:43 -0700
The City of Monticello will build its new fire station on the site of a former bowling alley at 101 Chelsea Road. The decision came Monday, May 14 when the Monticello City Council designated the 5-acre, city-owned property as the location of the new fire station. The action came two weeks after the city council decided to forgo a remodeling of the existing fire station in favor of new construction.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 7:44:43 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
New firefighters join St. Paul ranks after grueling training, personal adversity
Fri, 11 May 2018 21:57:03 -0700
Becoming a St. Paul firefighter isn’t only about completing a grueling 16-week training academy. Many of the 19 new firefighters who graduated Friday have been working and struggling for years to reach their dream. DuJuan Williams, who said he’s been on his own since eighth grade, has spent more than a decade trying to become a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 9:57:03 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com
Plymouth Struggles to Find Firefighter Staffing Solution
Sat, 12 May 2018 19:59:29 -0700
A fire department staffing struggle is forcing the city of Plymouth to reconsider how it staffs fire stations across the city. Fire Chief Rodger Coppa presented city council members with several plans to increase staffing levels, that he said would in turn decrease response times. Historically, the department has relied on on-call firefighters overnight.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2018 7:59:29 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul

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