State News

  • Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association Receives Local Government Innovation Award
    The Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association in Partnership with the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) are thrilled to announce the receiving of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2018 Award for Innovation and Collaboration. The Ramsey County Fire Chief’s Association and Ramsey County ECC were recognized as a Leading Innovator of the 2018 Local Government Innovation Award in the City Category.
    - PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association
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  • Cross-country skier falls through ice, but St. Paul firefighters were prepared
    Less than two hours after St. Paul firefighters completed ice rescue training this month, they were called upon to put their practice into action. A cross-country skier fell through the ice on McCarrons Lake in Roseville, and St. Paul firefighters got him to safety. “The new firefighter who actually went in the water to effect the rescue, he said the training that day was the first time he had been in the water with the ice rescue suit doing those maneuvers,” said Tom McDonough, St.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 6:44:26 PM - SOURCE:
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  • 1 hospitalized after Tonka Bay house fire
    One person was taken to a nearby hospital after a house fire in Tonka Bay Thursday. Authorities said a call reporting a fire in the area came in just before midnight. The Excelsior fire chief said the fire was designated as a two-alarm fire, as a precaution. Authorities said the person taken to the hospital sustained injuries that were not life threatening.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 5:22:41 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Belle Plaine’s Most Senior Firefighter, Todd Otto Named Firefighter of the Year
    On Dec. 4, Belle Plaine’s most senior firefighter Todd Otto was named the Fire Fighter of the Year by the Belle Plaine Fire Department. Otto himself may have been the most surprised by the decision. “It was just kind of a blank thought in my mind,” Otto recounted of the awards ceremony from within the fire department’s garage.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 1:03:20 PM - SOURCE: Belle Plaine Herald
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  • House 'complete loss' after fire in Backus
    A house caught fire Wednesday, Dec. 12, on State Highway 87 in Backus, next to the Salty Dog Saloon. The Backus Fire Department responded to the fire first and requested mutual aid from Hackensack. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department assisted as well. According to Backus Fire Chief Jason Smith, the fire started in the kitchen and caused damage to the entire structure, deeming it a “complete loss.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:48:17 AM - SOURCE: Pine River Journal
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  • 80-Year-Old Man Dies Weeks after St. Paul House Explosion
    An 80-year-old man injured in an explosion at his St. Paul home last month has died. A spokeswoman for Regions Hospital in St. Paul tells the Star Tribune that John Lundahl died Tuesday at the hospital from his injuries. The Nov. 23 explosion left Lundahl with significant burns and a broken arm and pelvis.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 4:30:56 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
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  • Minneapolis Firefighter Treated At HCMC Brings Truck Loads Of Presents To Burn Unit
    An organization devoted to helping burn victims distributed Christmas cheer Tuesday at Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis. The organization is called Firefighters for Healing and was founded by a former Minneapolis firefighter who was seriously injured fighting a house fire in July of 2010.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 10:53:38 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Former Red Wing fire chief remembered for commitment to city
    Former Red Wing Fire Chief Tom Schneider died Saturday. He was 55. Schneider started as a volunteer with the Red Wing Fire Department in 1984 and worked several positions before becoming chief in 2008. He retired in 2016. Schneider was a major force behind getting a second fire station in Red Wing.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 7:59:18 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
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  • Follow Up: Teen on fire saved by bystander with extinguisher at Shoreline gas station
    Authorities in a Twin Cities suburb say a bystander came to the rescue of a teenage girl who apparently caught on fire near a gasoline pump. Shoreview Fire Chief Tim Boehlke says the bystander used an extinguisher to douse the flames on the 17-year-old after she ran into the Quik Stop store at 5910 Lexington Ave.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:44:39 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
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  • Garage explosion critically injures Rosemount man
    Friends and neighbors have identified the person injured Tuesday afternoon during a garage explosion as 21-year-old Mason Zacharias. He lives at the home with his father on the 13000 block of Dellwood Way in Rosemount. According to police, the blast occurred about 12:30 p.m. Zacharias was the only person home at the time.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 8:04:52 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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