State News

  • Firefighters rescue baby trapped in burning Verndale home
    Firefighters rescued a baby trapped inside a home during a house fire in Verndale, Minnesota, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. Wednesday night around 9:42 p.m. crews responded to a house fire in the 400 block of Brown Street NW. When officials arrived, they learned a one-year-old girl was still inside.
    - PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 4:26:06 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Twin Cities
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  • Man Hospitalized After Stove Fire At South Minneapolis Apartment Building
    A man was taken to the hospital Thursday night after a stove caught fire in a south Minneapolis apartment building. The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the 2800 block of Pleasant Avenue South around 5:20 p.m. Firefighters entered an apartment on the third floor, where they found a stove ablaze and an unconscious man with visible burns.
    - PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 6:03:13 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis
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  • Drop the drones as spring wildfire activity increases, Minnesota officials say
    Firefighters and aviation managers are asking for the public’s help to prevent drones from interfering with wildfire suppression efforts this year. The use of any Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), or drone, may be restricted within five miles of a wildland fire due to Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR).
    - PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer - Metered Site
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  • Man pleads guilty to arson in connection to fire at Minneapolis Sprint store during civil unrest
    An Illinois man who traveled to Minneapolis to participate in the riots following the death of George Floyd pleaded guilty to arson, according to the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office. Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Illinois, was charged on June 1 and pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
    - PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 St. Paul
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  • New St. Peter firehouse waits on legislation to move project forward
    The city of St. Peter has wanted to build a new firehouse for over five years. Fire Chief Matt Ulman said the reason is a lack of space in the current facility. “Now we have everything in the equipment bay. We don’t actually have a, say a wash bay or anywhere to clean our gear separately and keep it clean.
    - PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 4:39:36 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
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  • Sauk Centre Township grass fire likely caused by cigarette butt, authorities say
    A Tuesday afternoon grass fire south of Sauk Centre was like caused by a cigarette butt that was thrown from a vehicle, according to authorities. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said it received multiple calls reporting a fire in the west ditch of U.S. Highway 71, just south of the intersection with County Road 29, at about 3:47 p.
    - PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 11:12:15 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Over 500 wildland fires across Minnesota, 20K acres burned since start of March
    More than 500 wildland fires have been reported since the beginning of March in Minnesota, burning nearly 20,000 acres. The Minnesota Incident Command System said the increase in spring wildfire activity is happening in the driest parts of the state, with grasses and marshland mostly affected and forested areas also a concern in northwest Minnesota.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 1:24:53 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Crews respond to house fire of veteran firefighter in Charles City
    It’s a call no department ever wants to respond to, but early Tuesday morning, the Charles City Fire Department received a request for service from one of their own. It came from veteran firefighter Russ Bornstein. He was startled awake when a bolt of lightning struck his home and started a fire in the attic.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 5:42:40 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Walnut Grove authorities successfully extricate victim trapped in grain bin
    Authorities in Walnut Grove successfully assisted someone in escaping a grain bin entrapment Tuesday. The Walnut Grove Fire Department reports it was dispatched at approximately 10:17 a.m. Tuesday with the Walnut Grove Ambulance Service to the Meadowland’s Farmers Coop at 13-670 Duncan Avenue in Walnut Grove on a report of a grain bin entrapment.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 6:20:37 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
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  • Nowthen will have its own fire department next month
    After more than a year of preparation, the city of Nowthen expects to have an independent fire department by early next month. “I think it’ll be exciting for the city of Nowthen to finally have their own department,” Mayor Jeff Pilon said. “It’s going to be good for the community to have our own identity in this area.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 7:20:13 PM - SOURCE: Hometown Source - Metered Site
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