State News

  • Juvenile charged in 2016 church arson in Melrose
    More than two years after an act of arson significantly damaged St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Minnesota, authorities announced they have charged a juvenile suspect. The juvenile was 13 years old at the time of the fire. At 4:43 p.m. on March 11, 2016, Stearns County authorities received a 911 call reporting heavy smoke coming from the church.
    - PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 8:22:33 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
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  • Minnesota Fire Departments Cast Net For Female Firefighters
    Women who have wondered what it takes to be a firefighter will have a hands-on opportunity this weekend. The Women’s Fire Service Expo will be held in Elk River Saturday, June 23. Participants will suit up, try out equipment and even put out a fire. In roughly a minute, firefighter Kim Cox gets geared up from head to toe.
    - PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 3:33:56 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Lightning suspected as cause of late-night Red Wing fire
    The Red Wing Fire Department battled a garage blaze Sunday night after lightning strikes were reported in the area. Fire Chief Shannon Draper said crews responded to a call at 9:32 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex located in the 2100 block of Village Drive. When the crew arrived, they found a heavy fire in six of the garage units and several vehicles on fire.
    - PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 10:18:35 PM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
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  • Fire Damages Eden Prairie Home Overnight
    A fire badly damaged an Eden Prairie home overnight. The homeowner called in the fire around 12:45 a.m. after hearing smoke alarms. Five departments were called to the scene on Cedar Ridge Road. Firefighters say the homeowner had been checking out a smell before the fire, but couldn’t find the source.
    - PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 5:50:20 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Plymouth Apartments Evacuated Due To Chemical Exposure
    Several people were evacuated from their apartments on Sunday because of chemical exposure. It happened at about 1:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Apartments in Plymouth. Firefighters say they got a call about the smell of a chemical and people saying they were sick. The state’s chemical assessment team came in investigate.
    - PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 8:04:14 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Fire Damages Duluth Mobile Home
    Around 10 p.m. Saturday night, the Duluth Fire Department responded to report of structure fire at 7 Cypress Drive. After arriving, crews found fire coming out back window of single wide mobile home. Fire was located in back bedroom and was quickly extinguished but caused around $20,000 in damage. Nobody was home at time of fire.
    - PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 9:45:48 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
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  • Rochester Fire Department trains for water rescues as summer kicks off
    Firefighters are spending today on the water for rescue and recovery training. The Rochester fire department has 3 different boats at their disposal, all with different strengths and weaknesses. The watercraft are spread across the area so the closest crew can be quickly dispatched. The annual training is done early in the summer season as people start looking for ways to keep cool.
    - PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 10:51:33 AM - SOURCE: KTTC-TV Rochester
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  • Winsted: Concertgoer gets head stuck in tailpipe at Winstock Music Festival
    Apparently there IS a thing as too much fun. A young woman at the recently-held Winstock Music Festival has a story to tell... or not tell... to her kids and grandkids after getting her head stuck in the tailpipe of a truck. Yep... a truck tailpipe. At this point the details of how she got there, or what motivated the incident are unclear, but alcohol may have (wink wink) played a role.
    - PUB DATE: 6/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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  • ‘We Support Him’: St. Paul Firefighter Receives U.S. Citizenship
    It is a new day for about 250 Minnesotans after two naturalization ceremonies took place Wednesday at St. Paul’s Landmark Center. The oath of citizenship is the final step in a long journey for a group of Minnesotans born in 41 other countries. Each one of them stood as a judge read the name of their home countries.
    - PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 5:02:10 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • City of Duluth backs chiefs as firefighters union supports censuring fire chief, deputy chief
    The Duluth firefighters union voted to support a draft resolution censuring Fire Chief Dennis Edwards and Deputy Chief Shawn Krizaj — a move the city of Duluth says is in response to a potential change to the union status of the assistant fire chiefs and fire marshal. The Duluth Firefighters Local 101 unanimously approved last week to forward a draft censure resolution, expressing "severe disapproval" of Edwards and Krizaj, to the International Association of Fire Fighters for consideration at its August convention, according to a statement from the local's executive board.
    - PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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