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  • St. Paul man pleads guilty to federal arson charges in Minneapolis PD 3rd Precinct fire
    A St. Paul, Minnesota man pleaded guilty Friday to federal arson charges for his role in torching the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct following the deadly arrest of George Floyd last May. In a virtual hearing, 25-year-old Davon De-Andre Turner admitted he and other demonstrators lit the precinct on fire during the unrest in the wake of Floyd’s death.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 8:40:24 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis
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  • Follow Up: Woman found dead after fire at St. Paul encampment IDd as 32-year-old
    A woman found dead after a fire at a homeless encampment in St. Paul was a 32-year-old, police said Thursday. The cause of Janiece S. Williams’ death, along with the fire, remain under investigation. Firefighters responded to the downtown encampment on the north side of Shepard Road between Jackson and Sibley streets about 6:35 a.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:45:05 PM - SOURCE:
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  • 1 dead, 1 hurt following early-morning encampment fire in downtown St. Paul
    St. Paul police and fire officials are investigating after an early-morning fire Wednesday that left one person dead at an encampment downtown. According to St. Paul police, officials were called to the encampment—located on the north side of Shepard Road between Jackson Street and North Sibley Street—at about 6:30 a.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 10:56:39 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • North Mankato fire under investigation by state fire marshal
    The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that occurred Tuesday at a duplex in North Mankato. The North Mankato Fire Department was called to the duplex on Restless Court just before 7 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a garage fire. Authorities say vehicles were on fire inside the garages of both units.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 6:49:40 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
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  • Anoka-Champlin Fire Board prepares to interview finalists for chief
    The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department hopes the third time’s the charm. After soliciting a third round of applications, the Fire Board is preparing to interview finalists for the position of fire chief in early February. Nearly a year and a half has passed since the departure of former Chief Charlie Thompson, who held the position almost 15 years and now leads the Columbia Heights Fire Department.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 5:34:51 PM - SOURCE: ABC Newspapers - Metered Site
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  • Fire damaged a former furniture store in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood
    Dozens of firefighters responded to a fire at a former furniture store in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood at midday Tuesday. The fire happened in the two-story building at Superior Street and 21st Avenue West that was formerly home to Roberts Home Furnishings. Firefighters found heavy smoke venting from an elevator penthouse on the roof when they arrived around 12:30 p.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2021 6:03:54 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-DT ABC 10 Duluth
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  • Construction worker rescued in Rochester following fall into trench
    PHOTO: A construction worker was injured Tuesday morning after falling 15 to 20 feet into a sloped trench. The Rochester Fire Department was called just after 10:10 a.m. Tuesday to 5501 65th Street NW for a report of a person who fell into a trench at a construction site. Firefighters were able to rescue the person, whose identity was not released, within about 10 minutes of arriving on scene.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin - Metered Site
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  • Minnesota firefighters head to the Capitol to fight for health testing
    Minnesota lawmakers are hearing from firefighters across the state who say they need more help to stay alive on and off the job. Emily Vollmer still vividly remembers the night she found her husband, dead. "I found Jeff in our own home in the hallway in the middle of the night and then I had to summon not only the fire department, but his fire department.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2021 1:12:19 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-AM 830
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  • Rochester: Area high school students complete their first course in becoming firefighters
    High school students from Rochester and the surrounding areas had the chance to chase their dreams of becoming firefighters one day. A program called High School Student Live Burn Training offered by the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) provided this opportunity to secondary students. In Saturday's event, students were assigned to locate and extinguish live fires in a structure under the guidance of RFD firefighters, “It's awesome.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2021 6:40:48 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Christmas tree catches fire in south Minneapolis home
    A Christmas tree caught fire in a south Minneapolis home Monday afternoon, according to Minneapolis Fire Chief Bryan Tyner. Tyner said around 3:20 p.m., firefighters responded to a call that a fire started on the tree and spread to the kitchen in a home in the 3800 block of 15th Avenue South. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2021 6:42:58 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis
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