Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Mound accepts $59K Assistance to Firefighters grant
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:45:55 -0700
The Mound Fire Department applies every year for the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefights grant and hasn’t received one since 2004. However, Mound Fire Chief Greg Pederson was pleased to share with the council at their Sept. 11 meeting that they were approved for a grant in the amount of $58,934.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 8:45:55 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Woman Pulled To Safety In Duluth Apartment Fire
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:54:36 -0700
A tenant of a Duluth apartment complex was rescued by another resident and her building manager Sunday afternoon after the main floor of the building caught fire. It happened at about 4:42 p.m. Sunday at 1099 88th Avenue West. The Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of smoke filling up the main hallway of the Spirit Lake Manor.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 9:54:36 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Senate Candidate Meets with Duluth's Emergency Response Team
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:15:50 -0700
Senate candidate Jim Newberger was in Duluth on Friday to meet with the Duluth Fire Department's Emergency Response Team. Newberger talked with the fire chief about how he could help with funding the ERT, along with what they will need in the future. The response team has had funding for a few years now, and Newberger believes it is vital to continue training all the other response teams in the Arrowhead.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 6:15:50 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Update: Explosion At Metal-Matic In Minneapolis Ruled Accidental
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:35:13 -0700
Authorities say an explosion that injured two workers at a Minneapolis commercial building on Wednesday has been ruled accidental. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday to an explosion at Metal-Matic, located at 629 2nd St. SE. When firefighters arrived, they found two workers who had suffered significant injuries from the blast.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 2:35:13 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Bemidji man charged with arson
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:51:03 -0700
A Bemidji man was charged Thursday with first-degree arson nearly a month after a rural trailer home fire. According to court documents, the structure fire was reported around 10:31 a.m. on Aug. 26, in the 400 block of Island View Drive, located in Turtle River Township north of Bemidji. Investigators acquired surveillance footage from a nearby business, which showed a man approaching the trailer home on an ATV at 10:26 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 3:51:03 PM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
No injuries in early morning house fire in Bemidji
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 08:59:05 -0700
No injuries were reported Friday morning during a residential fire in the 4000 block of 15th Street NW. The call was reported at 3:05 a.m., and the Bemidji Fire Department arrived on scene to find flames coming from a mobile home. No one was at the residence at the time of the fire. Firefighters were able to quickly contain and extinguish the fire located in a bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 8:59:05 AM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
2 Employees Injured in Explosion, Fire at Minneapolis Commercial Building
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:53:07 -0700
Firefighters responded to an explosion and structure fire at a commercial building in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon. According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, the explosion happened at Metal-Matic on at 629 Second Street Northeast. The fire department reported two employees were transported to the hospital with significant injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 5:53:07 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
House destroyed in rural Rochester fire
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:36:36 -0700
A 50-year-old man escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when an explosion destroyed his rural Rochester home. Shortly after 11 a.m., Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies on routine patrol saw black smoke coming from the home at 6696 Collegeview Road E. When deputies arrived, they found the man had escaped serous injury by jumping out of a window after an explosion rocked the home, according to Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 10:36:36 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
Officials respond to residential fire near Chester
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:32:06 -0700
A residential fire broke out near Chester late Tuesday morning. Rochester Fire Department, Eoyta Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance all reported to the scene. No injuries have been reported at this time. Firefighters have been working for over 45 minutes to put out the fire. Fire and smoke still remains in the area.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 10:32:06 AM - SOURCE: KTTC-TV Rochester
Annual 'Fill the Boot' Campaign Kicks Off in Minneapolis
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 05:38:27 -0700
On Wednesday, metro area firefighters are hoping to collect donations to put toward stomping out a variety of debilitating illnesses. The annual "Fill the Boot" campaign takes place Wednesday, in an effort to raise money to help those affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related illnesses. Firefighters will be moving throughout the metro, collecting donations in their boots.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 5:38:27 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Family of 5 escapes Hastings house fire
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:00:24 -0700
A family of five escaped a fire that destroyed their home early Monday morning, Sept. 17 in Hastings. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. Shortly after 4 a.m., the Hastings Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 7774 South St. Croix Trail Lane S. The blaze, which started in the garage, is under investigation, Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt said.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 1:00:24 PM - SOURCE: Hastings Star Gazette
Firefighters: 1 Rescued from Medina Construction Site, Taken to Hospital
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:59:18 -0700
Authorities are working to uncover more information after a rescue took place late Monday night in Medina. According to authorities, the rescue happened at a home under construction on the 700 block of Woodland Hill just after 11 p.m. Firefighters at the scene told a KSTP crew one person was transported to a nearby hospital.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:59:18 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
St. Cloud attic fire extinguished Monday
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:16:25 -0700
St. Cloud firefighters responded to a house with smoke in a second-floor bedroom about 5 a.m. Monday. "Crews pulled the ceiling to extinguish fire that was found in the attic," according to the St. Cloud Fire Department Critical Incidents Report. No one was hurt and one resident was displaced by the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 1:16:25 PM - SOURCE: St. Cloud Times
Burning boat ignites several others on Lake Minnetonka
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:47:08 -0700
Authorities say several boats on Lake Minnetonka caught on fire on Sunday. It started when a boat out on LaFayette Bay started on fire. That boater was rescued but his boat drifted, touching another docked boat and starting it on fire, melting the dock next to it, and burning the canopy overhead. "It was a lot of smoke.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 6:47:08 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Janesville Fire Department Honors Its Volunteers
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:21:47 -0700
Volunteer firefighters sacrifice countless hours of their personal time to serve the public. One fire department is honoring its volunteers both past and present. Former Janesville Fire Department Chief Bucky Cummins said, "It was a good idea I guess." The idea was for a memorial, to recognize those who have served and still serve on the Janesville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 3:21:47 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Golden Valley: Fire Departments Get Creative to Attract Potential Candidates
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:31:00 -0700
The Golden Valley Fire Department gets between 700 and 800 calls a year. Like 90 percent of fire departments in Minnesota, it's dependent on paid on-call firefighters. And that's a model Chief John Crelly said has run its course. "We believe that the sustainability of a true paid on-call model here in the metro is not sustainable," Crelly said.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2018 8:31:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
St. Paul Park firefighter says 'I do' then rushes to help extinguish blaze
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:34:56 -0700
When the call came in for an active structure fire, Jeremy Bourasa responded as any dedicated St. Paul Park firefighter would. He joined first responders from Cottage Grove, Newport and Woodbury to contain an ugly inferno that all but destroyed a home at Hidden Valley Terrace in Cottage Grove. He'd been married less than an hour.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2018 3:34:56 PM - SOURCE: Pine River Journal
Fire Trucks Take Road Trip Across Minnesota
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:21:47 -0700
A convoy of fire trucks has been touring the state to say thank you to firefighters. MacQueen Emergency is having their annual 'Road Rally', where they show off the latest in fire apparatus and cook some dinner for the firefighters and their families. The tour was at Mankato Public Safety's headquarters near downtown.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 3:21:47 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Wykoff Fire Department receives grant for new gear
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:33:38 -0700
The Wykoff Fire Department now has the funds it needs for a new firefighting hose and hydrant adapters. The funds came in the form of a $2,000 public safety grant from Minnesota Energy Resources, in partnership with Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. Wykoff Fire Department was one of nine emergency response agencies throughout Minnesota to receive the grant.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 4:33:38 PM - SOURCE: KXLT-TV Fox 47 Rochester
Koochiching County: Plans to purchase a fire boat will move forward; RFPA seeks loan, annexation
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:04:29 -0700
The purchase of a boat to help fight fires on Rainy Lake by next spring got support from the Koochiching County Board Tuesday. The boat would be used for fire protection for island properties but could also be used for mainland fires along the shore, explained Robert Ewald, vice president of the Rural Fire Protection Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 9:04:29 AM - SOURCE: International Falls Daily Journal

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