State News

  • First responders ask Minnesota lawmakers to take action during COVID-19 pandemic
    First responders in Minnesota are asking state lawmakers for help during the COVID-19 outbreak. Firefighters, police, nurses and other emergency responders gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Thursday to ask the legislature for protection in their fight against the pandemic. “I am mad, I feel let down, I feel betrayed, I feel like that pat on the back first responders have been getting from the so-called public servants in this Capitol just became a knife in the back,” said Chris Parsons, president of the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters Union.
    - PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 10:44:33 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • St. Paul Fire graduates new class early, adopts new procedures amid pandemic
    When the call goes out, St. Paul firefighters respond no matter what, but in the current landscape it’s even more of an unknown. “In fire, you can see the smoke or feel the heat or see the flames, with this it’s an invisible virus that you can’t detect until days afterwards,” said Deputy Fire Chief Roy Mokosso.
    - PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 7:47:17 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV Fox 9 News
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  • Duluth Fire Department Sees Changes Due to Coronavirus
    While cases of Coronavirus keep going up, essential services like the Duluth Fire Department are still busy. The pandemic has caused some changes in how they operate to best serve the people of Duluth. The Coronavirus means changes for the Duluth Fire Department. While its has been a little more busy than normal, firefighters say they are still ready to keep Duluth safe.
    - PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 7:53:54 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
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  • Residents pitch in with sanitizers for North Mankato Fire Department
    Like many, the North Mankato Fire Department found themselves running short of sanitizing wipes and cleaners. Fire Chief Dan Giefer said they’ve been taking extra care to sanitize their trucks and equipment after they return from a call, but had trouble finding cleaning supplies. Firefighters brought in cleaners they had on hand, but it wasn’t enough.
    - PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 10:49:15 AM - SOURCE: The Land Online
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  • COVID-19 prompts changes in EMS at Mound Fire Department
    The continued rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19, no longer a slow creep upward but an exponential increase day by day, has prompted changes at local fire departments as personnel balance the now oft-touted “6-feet” rule of social distancing with some of the basic functions of their jobs as first responders.
    - PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 7:45:37 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
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  • UPDATE: Cause of 4-alarm fire above Northeast Minneapolis restaurant undetermined
    The cause of a fire above a Northeast Minneapolis restaurant has been ruled "undetermined" by the Minneapolis Fire Department. Fire crews responded to the fire at 2412 Central Ave. N.E., the building that houses El Taco Riendo, at about 5 p.m. Sunday. Authorities upgraded the fire to a four-alarm fire after noting it had extended to neighboring buildings.
    - PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 3:32:32 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • St. Paul authorities investigating arson following fire involving 3 vehicles
    Authorities in St. Paul are investigating an arson after three vehicles were found on fire. According to the St. Paul Fire Department, three vehicles were found on fire on the 300 block of South Robert Street Thursday morning. The fire department said the fire appeared to be intentionally set in one vehicle and then extended outwards, catching the other two vehicles on fire.
    - PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 8:36:45 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Rice County authorities suspect two recent fires to be arson
    Rice County authorities suspect two fires from earlier this week are the result of arson. The sheriff’s department and state fire marshal say two vehicle fires occurring just after midnight Monday morning caused neighboring buildings to also catch fire, resulting in a total loss. The suspected arsons took place in Bridgewater township near Dundas and no one was injured.
    - PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 4:46:19 AM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
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  • Police: 3 Dogs, 2 Cats, And Lizard Rescued From Burning Home In Granite Falls
    The Granite Falls Police Department says fire crews rescued three dogs, two cats and a lizard from a house fire on Tuesday. Law enforcement was sent to the 1500 block of 9th Avenue in Granite Falls around 11 a.m. On scene they found a home that was engulfed in flames. The fire was even spreading onto the side of a neighboring home, according to a release.
    - PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 2:44:33 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Rochester: Extra safety measures for first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic
    Medical personnel and firefighters continue to serve their communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but they've added more safety measures. Captain Caleb Feine with the Rochester Fire Department said there hasn't been a change in the number of calls they receive, but the department is taking extra measures to keep their firefighters safe as COVID-19 spreads.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 5:41:02 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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