Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Legislation would provide Minnesota firefighters help with health problems
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:19:43 -0700
Legislation introduced in the state House and Senate would create an employee assistance program to help Minnesota firefighters facing mental health issues related to their occupation. In addition, any firefighter diagnosed with cancer or heart disease would be eligible for a $30,000 lump sum payment, administered by the nonprofit Minnesota Firefighter Initiative.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 10:19:43 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
Council gives nod to bids for Elk River fire, police expansion
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:45:03 -0700
The Elk River Police and Fire departments have permission to go out and find bids for expanded facilities. Elk River City Council members gave both departments the go-ahead to get bids for expansion at the police station and at Fire Station 2 Monday night. Police Chief Ron Nierenhausen referenced the expansion planned in 2017, when the city hired Five Bugle Designs to look at its public safety facilities.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 9:45:03 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Blaze at St. Paul recycling facility draws many firefighters, leaves worker with minor injury
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:50:45 -0700
More than 60 firefighters responded to a fire at a recycling facility in St. Paul early Thursday. An employee of the WestRock recycling facility in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood sustained minor smoke inhalation and was treated by paramedics at the scene, said Deputy Fire Chief Roy Mokosso. The fire on Wabash Street, off Raymond Avenue, left “quite a bit of damage” to the roof and a mechanical room on top of the roof, Mokosso said.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 8:50:45 AM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com
Fire damages pole shed near Kimball
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 05:31:49 -0700
The Stearns County Sheriff's Department reports a pole shed southwest of Kimball suffered moderate damage following a fire Monday afternoon. The fire on the 10000 block of County Road 150 in Maine Prairie Township was reported around 2:19 p.m., a release said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 5:31:49 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Hometown Heroes Assistance Program: Firefighters seek help for health hazards
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:22:24 -0700
In 28 years as firefighter, Duluth Fire Chief Dennis Edwards has witnessed a lot of real-life drama and genuine heroics. He's also seen the toll it takes on people in his profession. "In those years I’ve seen way too many of my friends, my families and my colleagues suffer to cardiac disease, cancer and mental health trauma," Chief Edwards told Capitol reporters Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 6:22:24 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Swift Action Taken In Henderson To Combat Floodwaters
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:10:03 -0700
Two main roads into the town of Henderson are blocked by rising floodwaters. Highway 19 from Henderson to Highway 169 is closed. So is Highway 93 south of the city. The town took swift action to block floodwaters. The rising Minnesota River forced the town to adjust its timeline. Floodgates went in 24 hours before city officials thought they’d need it.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:10:03 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Rice Lake House Suffers 'Significant Damage' Following Fire
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:36:01 -0700
A house in Rice Lake suffered what is being described as "significant damage" following a fire Tuesday afternoon. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, firefighters responded to a house on the 5100 Block of Gortin Road around 5:30 p.m. Six fire departments battled the house fire. Authorities say no one was injured in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:36:01 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Column: Would a tax credit help retain firefighters and EMTs?
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 13:17:26 -0700
If you see a firefighter rescuing residents from a burning house or building, you should know that, in most of Minnesota, that firefighter is probably a volunteer. The same may be true of the emergency medical technician you see assisting someone. Inver Grove Heights Fire Chief Judy Thill told the House Taxes Committee Tuesday that “92 percent of our firefighters in Minnesota are volunteers.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 1:17:26 PM - SOURCE: Minnesota House of Representatives
Moorhead fish house explosion critically injures man
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:37:45 -0700
A Detroit Lakes man is hospitalized in critical condition after a fish house exploded in Moorhead. The fire department says the explosion happened Sunday and that Michael Herzog was outside the fish house when firefighters arrived. A CaringBridge website says Herzog has second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 6:37:45 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Firefighters Respond to Shed Fire Near Kimball
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:29:25 -0700
Fire crews were called to a building fire near Kimball Monday afternoon. The incident happened just after 2:00 p.m. along County Road 150 in Maine Prairie Township. Stearns County Sheriff Steve Soyka says an off-duty Kimball firefighter was passing by when they noticed smoke coming from a pole shed and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:29:25 AM - SOURCE: WJON-AM 1240
Family escapes fire in Kasson home
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:44:50 -0700
No one was injured when a fire broke out at a Kasson home Sunday. Kasson firefighters responded to the fire at the home in the 100 block of Second Street Northwest at about noon. A family of three and their pets escaped after they noticed smoke inside the home. Kasson firefighters were on scene for hours to tackle the fire, which was confined to the attic.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 7:44:50 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
Firefighter Students and Volunteers Participate in Immersive Fire Experience in Duluth
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 20:40:26 -0700
Fire fighters are preparing themselves for challenges they may face on the job. A brisk Friday afternoon, but fire trainees were feeling the heat. “We’re trying to take firefighting out of the classroom, put it down here into buildings where we can make it repetitive and relevant,” lead burn instructor Damon Laurion said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 8:40:26 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Investigators say ice dam water likely to blame for Blaine house fire
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:48:59 -0700
A Blaine family is warning others about the dangers of ice dams after water leaking from their roof is believed to have caused a fire. What was once so familiar to Heidi and Scott Kingman, is now an unrecognizable mess. "These are our closets, this is our bedroom," Scott Kingman said, walking through the charred remains of their two-story home.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 3:48:59 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
One Dead, One Sent to Hospital After Carbon Monoxide Leak in Rochester
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:38:16 -0700
Rochester police and fire crews were sent to a home on the 1000 block of 11 St. SE just before 9 a.m. Thursday for a call of an unconscious man. When police got there, the Rochester Fire Department was already on scene performing first aid to the man. While they were there, the firefighters' carbon monoxide alarms started to go off.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 8:38:16 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Eden Prairie names new fire chief
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:33:36 -0700
Scott Gerber has been named the next fire chief of the Eden Prairie Fire Department. Gerber, who was the chief of the Excelsior Fire District for the past 12 years, replaces former chief George Esbensen, who retired in December. A release said he will take over his new post on April 1.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:33:36 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Train derails near Ottawa; snow and ice present challenges for fire and EMS crews
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 04:42:45 -0700
Le Sueur County emergency crews are working to get to the scene of a train derailment, which happened just before 5:00 Friday morning. According to scanner traffic, the Union Pacific train left the tracks between the small town of Ottawa and the river. Initially, the railroad reported that the train operator said an ambulance wasn’t needed, but then the call cut off abruptly.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 4:42:45 AM - SOURCE: KXLP-FM 94.1 & 105.9
Rosemount Fire Department has unfinished business with police
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:40:54 -0700
The hype is palpable for the second annual “Guns and Hoses” charity hockey game. Bragging rights are at stake between the Rosemount Police and Fire departments at 6 p.m. March 23 at the Rosemount Community Center. It sounds like the fire department has some unfinished business. Fire Chief Richard Schroeder said last year it got a bit out of control.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 6:40:54 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Fire Destroys Moose Lake Motel
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 22:26:10 -0700
Wednesday morning, a fire destroyed a business in Moose Lake. Authorities responded to a warning from a customer just before noon today at the ‘Moose Lake Hotel’ on Arrowhead Lane. The Moose Lake community is in shock after a long-time local business up in flames. Fire and smoke out of the Moose Lake Motel Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 10:26:10 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Fire destroys minivan east of Crookston
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:16:11 -0700
Crookston firefighters and other emergency responders Wednesday afternoon converged on the scene of a minivan on fire at the intersection of Polk County Highways 11 and 13 a few miles east of Crookston. Traffic on both highways, including a Crookston school bus, was blocked while firefighters knocked the fire down, which appeared to originate in the engine.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 1:16:11 PM - SOURCE: Crookston Daily Times
Rochester: Ice Machine Fire Causes $10,000 in Damage
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 03:15:20 -0700
According to the Rochester Fire Department, a local hotel will pay upwards of $10,000 to repair a small communal vending room and the area around it. According to a release, the fire happened in a small room across from the pool area around 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the Guest House Inn and Suites located at 435 16th Ave.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:15:20 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

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