Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Fire Destroys Cook's Only Grocery Store
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:53:19 -0800
The only grocery store in the small northern Minnesota town of Cook is believed to be a total loss after a Monday night fire, but the owners plan to rebuild. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office received the report of a fire at Zup's at 8:47 p.m., when the store was closed. A sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene within one minute and saw flames coming from the rear of the building.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 8:53:19 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Doe rescued from icy lake by White Bear firefighter
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 08:08:04 -0800
A White Bear Lake firefighter was a ray of golden sun to a deer, a female deer, that needed rescuing Sunday morning from icy lake waters. The drama unfolded on Priebe Lake, located southwest of E. County Line Road and Cedar Avenue, according to police. A caller told police there was a deer trapped in open water off Riviera Drive.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2018 8:08:04 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Slippery road mishap makes for amazing photo in Roseville
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:49:56 -0800
You can just imagine the phonecall. "Yeah, boss... I'm going to be a little late." A driver in Roseville Friday morning ran into some trouble with the snowy, icy roads. Many did, as documented by the avalanche of crashes, spinouts and slowdowns that were on MnDOT's Twitter feed this morning. When the numbers come in later Friday afternoon the number of incidents is sure to be in the hundreds.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 7:49:56 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Fire destroys building behind St. Martin gas station
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 06:13:14 -0800
Fire destroyed a storage shed behind a gas station in St. Martin early yesterday morning. The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says at 4:25 a.m. they were notified of a building on fire behind the Cenex gas station in St. Martin. Deputies arrived on scene to find a storage shed on the north side of the co-op property fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 6:13:14 AM - SOURCE: willmarradio.com
Firefighters Battle Fire in Rural Rochester
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 07:39:23 -0800
Elgin and Rochester fire crews responded to a house fire on the 5000 block of 48 St NE in Haverhill Township, just outside of Rochester, just before 7 a.m. on Thursday, November 8. According to Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns, the caller reported a fire in the ceiling. Two people in the home made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 7:39:23 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
One hurt in fire at rural Belle Plaine fireworks plant
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:23:40 -0800
One employee suffered burns in a fire Tuesday afternoon at a rural Belle Plaine plant where fireworks are manufactured. The employee, not identified by authorities, was treated at Hennepin Health Care hospital for non-life-threatening burns to the head, face, neck and arms. The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office responded at 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 11:23:40 AM - SOURCE: Mankato Free Press
Follow Up: Cotton Man Charged With Arson, Assault on Deputy
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:21:59 -0800
A Cotton man has been charged in connection with the arson of a neighbor's home and an assault on a St. Louis County Sheriff's deputy. The criminal complaint said 44-year-old Wade R. Johnson faces four charges, including arson, theft of a motor vehicle, damage to property, and assault of a peace officer.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 9:21:59 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Battle of the Badges in Rochester
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 21:36:26 -0800
Every two seconds someone in America is in need of blood and just one donor can save up to three lives. That's according to the Red Cross. Emergency crews see the need through their work, which is why they are lending a hand in Rochester. Or more accurately, lending an arm … so they can donate blood.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 9:36:26 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
$5,000 Reward Offered In St. Cloud Arson Incident
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:13:27 -0800
A reward of $5,000 is be offered for information leading to an arrest in an arson incident in St. Cloud Tuesday evening. According to police, a small fire was intentionally started in the exit hallway of a building located on the 1000 block of 6th Avenue South. After the fire was extinguished by St.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 11:13:27 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Firefighters Respond To Early Morning House Fire In Mankato
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 08:03:20 -0800
No one is injured after a house catches fire in Mankato early this morning. Crews responded to the single family home at 335 Ramsey Street just after 5 this morning. Officials say a 22-year-old man was evaluated by paramedics, but was not injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damages are estimated at $20,000.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 8:03:20 AM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Winona Apparel donates to Winona Fire Department in memory of 9/11 attacks
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:48:14 -0800
Winona Apparel donated 20 percent of its September sales to the Winona Fire Department in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Winona Apparel is a local apparel company headquartered in Winona. The company was founded by Winona natives Brad and Amy McNally as a way to honor and promote their hometown.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 10:48:14 AM - SOURCE: Winona Daily News
Callaway shop goes up in flames
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 01:52:39 -0800
A shop was totally destroyed in a fire Sunday evening in Callaway. Emergency crews responded to a call at approximately 5 p.m. when someone reported seeing smoke and flames on a neighbor's property on the 29000 block of 272nd Avenue. No one was hurt in the incident, but Callaway Fire Chief Keith Heinlein says the structure did take quite a hit.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 1:52:39 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Lakes Tribune
Apple Valley fire chief resigns after reported ‘unprofessional conduct’
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:36:39 -0800
The city of Apple Valley is searching for a new fire chief after Nealon Thompson resigned from the position effective Oct. 24. City Administrator Tom Lawell said Thompson contacted him on April 28 to report he had “engaged in unprofessional conduct,” and Thompson was placed on administrative leave. The conduct was investigated through the city attorney’s office and the investigation found that Thompson’s conduct “could give rise to discipline.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 3:36:39 PM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Brainerd firefighters respond to gas line cut
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 07:49:00 -0800
The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a call at 12:37 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, on the 19000 block of Love Lake Road for a report of a gas line cut. Firefighters provided standby assistance while the gas company worked on the cut. Firefighters also were called at 1:35 p.m. Friday of a smoking vehicle in the area of Peterson Road, but were canceled en route.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 7:49:00 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Argument Leads to Structure Fire in Cotton, Officer Attacked while Responding
Sun, 04 Nov 2018 17:12:05 -0800
Authorities responded to a fully engulfed structure fire on Comstock Lake Road in Cotton, MN, shortly after 12:00 pm on Sunday. According to officials, before the authorities arrived to the fire, a second call came in to a nearby address on the same road stating that the male who had allegedly started the structure fire was having a verbal argument with his parents.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2018 5:12:05 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Police Investigating Arson Case In New Ulm
Sat, 03 Nov 2018 21:19:31 -0700
Police are investigating a case of arson in Milford Township after responding Friday evening to a structure fire on County Road 29. The structure was a vacant residence in the 17000 block of County Road 29 in New Ulm. The fire department was dispatched to the blaze around 6:40 p.m. Authorities are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area to contact the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 507-233-6720 or via email at tipsline@co.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2018 9:19:31 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Mental Health at Issue for Minneapolis Woman Accused of Arson, Terrorism
Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:38:36 -0700
A competency hearing will be held for a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman who allegedly set fires on a college campus and tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida. Tnuza Jamal Hassan was arrested in January after authorities say she set fires on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University, where she's a former student.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 6:38:36 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
St. Thomas Freshman Falls to Death from Minneapolis Apartment Building
Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:09:57 -0700
Minneapolis police say a 19-year-old California woman died after falling from the 10th story of an apartment building early Thursday morning. The University of St. Thomas confirms the woman - identified as Joia Simpson - was a freshman at the school. A release said Simpson was a native of Bayside, California who had been interested in studying business.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 6:09:57 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Park Rapids Fire Dept. raises bartender bucks for hospice
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:45:43 -0700
Representatives of the Park Rapids Fire Department raised more than $1,300 in tips on Oct. 13, serving as "celebrity bartenders" at Foxy's Bar and Grill. They donated it on Thursday to CHI St. Joseph's Hospice Care. The bar invites a different group each month to earn tips for charity. A money order for the amount they earn is then presented to the organization of their choice.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 1:45:43 PM - SOURCE: Park Rapids Enterprise
Hiring practices updated for Garrison Fire Department
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:02:24 -0700
The Garrison Fire Department is gearing up for new firefighters. Chief Bruce Breun on Tuesday, Oct. 9 requested that the Garrison City Council allow some changes be made to the hiring practices in an effort to attract more younger area residents to participate in the fire department. Breun said he is finding it “impossible” to hire young people willing to give up their time without being compensated.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 1:02:24 PM - SOURCE: Aitkin Independent Age

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