State News

  • New phone app could save lives of those in cardiac arrest in Ramsey County
    Ramsey County officials on Thursday unveiled a smartphone app that can direct people with basic medical training to help someone suffering a potentially fatal cardiac arrest — even before an ambulance can arrive. The PulsePoint app is meant for people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and for people who can use automatic external defibrillators.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 11:31:12 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
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  • How the state taxes Social Security benefits would change under three bills
    How much should Social Security benefits be taxed by the state — if at all? Three bills laid over by the House Taxes Committee Thursday take varied views on the question. To be considered for inclusion in the omnibus tax bill, they seek changes that range from relatively minor – a $150 to $300 increase in the maximum subtraction for Social Security benefits — to eliminating taxes on Social Security benefits altogether.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 3:24:43 PM - SOURCE: Minnesota House of Representatives
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  • Cities, fire departments call for 'hydrant heroes'
    When first responders have to dig out fire hydrants from packed snow, it adds valuable response time in what are typically emergency situations. That's why many Minnesota cities have been reaching out to their community members for help clearing snow from around hydrants. Some cities are even holding contests to try and raise awareness about fire hydrant access.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 10:53:07 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
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  • One person found dead in Menahga house fire
    One person is dead after a house fire in Menahga, Minnesota. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office says that it happened at 614 2nd St. SE just before 10:30pm on Wednesday February 13th. When fire crews arrived on the scene they found a house fully engulfed in flames. It took crews almost 3 hours to completely extinguish the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: INFORUM
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  • Belle Plaine Family Whose Home Burned Down Contemplate Effects of the Aftermath
    A seemingly innocuous breaker short in the home of Kateryna and Robert McCloskey and their two sons turned into a fire that altered the course of their lives as they knew it on the evening of Monday, Jan. 28. On a normal day needing to move one’s refrigerator to a different outlet because it was not getting power might be seen as nothing more than a minor inconvenience, but for the McCloskeys, that very act was the canary in the coal mine that prefaced an over five-hour fire fight at their home at 301 East Main Street in Belle Plaine.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 1:05:01 PM - SOURCE: Belle Plaine Herald
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  • Fire Destroys House on Horseshoe Chain of Lakes near Richmond
    A handful of fire departments were called in to battle a house fire on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes near Richmond. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the blaze broke out just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday night at 21157 Elkview Circle in Munson Township. Residents, 54-year-old Margueritte Johnson, and 16-year-old Jonathan Cable were displaced by the fire which left the one-bedroom, loft-style home and its contents a total loss.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJON AM 1240
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  • Fire damages popular restaurant in St. Paul’s Highland Park
    A weekend fire at a restaurant in St. Paul’s Highland Park left the kitchen significantly damaged, an investigator said Tuesday. Firefighters were called at 2:57 a.m. Saturday to a report of flames coming from the roof of the Cleveland Wok on Cleveland Avenue near Ford Parkway. The fire began in the kitchen and some of it spread to the roof, said Capt.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com - Metered Site
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  • New Ulm fire chief asks help in clearing fire hydrants
    New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho is requesting the public’s help in clearing snow from fire hydrants. Residents and business owners can Adopt-A-Hydrant by clearing a 3-foot area around the hydrant, making it easily accessible for firefighters. Even if it is not on your property, you can help out a neighbor and your entire neighborhood by clearing the snow.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:16:34 AM - SOURCE: New Ulm Journal
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  • St. Paul police use PepperBall for first time on woman threatening to blow up building
    A St. Paul officer used PepperBall to get a woman into custody after she threatened to blow up a building and suddenly came at police officers, according to police. It was the first time it’s been used since the department began a pilot program this month. The PepperBall launcher, which looks like a handgun with orange along the top, shoots a powder that has a similar effect as pepper spray.
    - PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 2:17:19 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com - Metered Site
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  • Council Denies Duluth Fire Department Third Deputy Chief
    The Duluth Fire Department does not operate today the way it did in 1912. However, an attempt to change the decade-old city charter to add another command staff position failed Monday night at Duluth City Council. DFD is authorized to have a fire chief and two deputy chiefs. Chief Dennis Edwards, supported by city administration and the Local 101 firefighters union, asked councilors to change the city charter to allow him three deputy chiefs instead of two.
    - PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 11:10:51 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
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