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  • Aerial firefighter: Former passenger jet finds new purpose at Brainerd Tanker Base
    A four-engine jet-powered former passenger plane is now part of the firefighting force at the Brainerd Tanker Base. The British Aerospace BAe-146 was converted from a regional passenger jet service into an aerial firefighter. The BAe-146 first took to the skies 37 years ago from the British Aerospace airfield at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft reported, noting 394 of the aircraft were built.
    - PUB DATE: 4/26/2018 4:31:51 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch
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  • Firefighters Battle Grass Fire in Cottage Grove
    The Cottage Grove Fire Department reports firefighters were on the scene of a grass fire of around 80 acres Wednesday. A Facebook post from the department said the fire was in the area of the dunes prairie south of 100th Street to around 113th Street. Crews from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 6:42:17 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • 1 Dead in Fridley House Fire
    One person was killed in a Fridley house fire Tuesday. According to Fridley Fire Department Chief John Berg, firefighters were called around 8 p.m. to a fire at a home on the 400 block of Huge Street. Berg said callers reported the fire started in the kitchen and spread to the living room. Berg said an adult man was trapped on the second floor of the home.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 7:12:24 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Thief River Falls firefighters rescue dog from ice days before it melts away
    A dog that wandered onto a thawing river was rescued this weekend by firefighters in Thief River Falls, just days before the ice melted away. The Thief River Falls Fire Department pulled 14-year-old Sugarbear to safety early Saturday morning, April 21, after dispatchers received a report of a dog standing on the Red Lake River, Fire Chief Marty Semanko said Tuesday.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 2:17:07 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
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  • DNR Warns of Grassfire Risks
    As the snow melts and grass dries out, Minnesota is entering grassfire season. On Tuesday, firefighters fought a grass fire along Highway 4 near Nisswa. The fire burned 15 to 20 acres. According to the DNR, last week, 81 fires burned nearly 3,000 acres in Minnesota. To be prepared, DNR offices are fully staffed across the state.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 6:48:19 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Bemidji man sentenced for arson
    A Bemidji man who intentionally set fire to a house about five miles north of the city was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison Wednesday, April 18. Damian Patrick Joseph Smith, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson March 16. He has been incarcerated since Jan. 1, when the Bemidji Fire Department responded to the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 11:10:22 AM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
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  • North St. Paul Firefighter Describes Catching Baby Dropped from Balcony During Fire
    "I heard a call for help, scanned the building and saw a dad coming out with his baby," North St. Paul Assistant Fire Chief Dustin Kalis said. The video captured what is hard to imagine doing, and that's dropping your three-month-old baby off a second-story balcony. But a North St. Paul dad said it was his only option.
    - PUB DATE: 4/23/2018 5:42:42 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Wildfire burns quickly through pines near Nisswa
    Weather turned fast in the Brainerd lakes area, going from snowstorm season to fire season. Snow cover took a beating over the weekend with temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Monday's high reached 70 degrees—resulting in perfect conditions for fires. And fire season indeed arrived, as flames and smoke moved rapidly through a row of pine trees and grasses Monday afternoon along Crow Wing County Highway 4, burning close to 20 acres in Lake Edward Township, east of Nisswa.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 6:26:29 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch
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  • Dramatic Rescue in North St. Paul Apartment Fire as Baby Tossed to Safety from 2nd-Story
    At least 10 units are damaged in a North St. Paul apartment building after a fire Sunday. No one was injured, but a baby was tossed from a second-floor balcony to a firefighter, and another person had to jump from the same balcony for safety, according to fire officials. The fire started in a first-level apartment on the 2000 block of 7th Avenue East and spread to the second- and third-floor units above it, the fire department reports.
    - PUB DATE: 4/22/2018 4:59:10 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Fire destroys Virginia house; two injured
    Two people were injured in a fire that destroyed a three-story house in Virginia on Saturday afternoon. The Virginia Fire Department responded to a call of a house on fire on the 500 block of 8½ Street shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday. The house had a large amount of flames on the main floor when fire crews arrived, Virginia Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Poffs said.
    - PUB DATE: 4/22/2018 3:03:47 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
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