Minnesota News

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Fire Destroys Cabin in Cook County

Fire destroyed a cabin and bunkhouse along the Lake Superior shoreline in Cook County on Tuesday evening. A 911 caller reported a structure engulfed in flames at 6:20 p.m. The fire was at 4 County Road 34 (Rollins Creek Road) in Lutsen Township. Firefighters from the Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, and Grand Marais fire departments responded to the scene, along with U.S. Forest Service fire units due to the potential of fire spreading into the surrounding forest. Firefighters filled water tanks at the emergency hydrant at Lutsen Resort to shuttle water to the fire scene. The fire was 80 percent contained by 7:11 p.m. and was no longer considered at risk of spreading. No one was injured, but the cabin and bunkhouse are believed to be a total loss.

Firefighters battle an apartment building fire in Chisholm

Firefighters were battling an apartment building fire in Chisholm Wednesday night. According to the Northland FireWire, Chisholm and Hibbing firefighters are on scene of a fire on the 400 Block of 6th Street Southwest. The fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. The Chisholm Police Department says no one was injured. It's unknown if anyone was in the structure at the time of the fire.

Austin firefighters raise funds to combat disease with Fill the Boot campaign

If you're driving around the streets of Austin and you see firefighters standing around at the intersection, don't become alarmed. The Austin Fire Department is once again using boots to support local families affected by neuro-muscular diseases. At various locations around Austin, firefighters are holding out boots to collect donations to raise funds that will be critical in the treatment of these diseases. The volunteer program is called Fill The Boot. The Austin Fire Department is a partner of the Muscular Dystrophy Association supporting the rights of families give opportunities to those living with diseases such as muscular dystrophy or ALS. They're collecting money from drivers and pedestrians as a way to give neuro-muscular diseases the boot, something fire fighters say they love doing.
KTTC-TV Rochester

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Worthington Fire Department earns federal grant

The Worthington Fire Department will soon update its gear. Thanks to securing a matching grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association and five percent contribution from Worthington City Council, the department will be able to replace its aged turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). “A lot of this stuff is really hard to budget for,” Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt told city council members during Monday night’s meeting. City council members unanimously approved contributing $15,647 to the $332,953 allotment from the federal agency. The $348,600 will fund 38 SCBA units, two extra face masks and 35 sets of turnout gear. Von Holdt said the department’s current turnout gear is 13 years old, surpassing the 10-year recommended replacement.
Worthington Daily Globe

Rochester’s Chiefs planned to step away from forum

A public-safety town hall meeting announced to include Rochester’s new fire and police chiefs likely would have included empty chairs, even without a social-media objection from a Rochester City Council member. Fire Chief Eric Kerska said he was never scheduled to attend the meeting organized by mayoral candidate Charlie O’Connell last week. While his planned participation was cited in a Post Bulletin article, he said he never confirmed participation. On Monday, Police Chief Jim Franklin told the city council he turned down the invitation after receiving more details. “When I learned the event was possibly, or could be construed as, politicized, I made the decision to back out,” he said when asked about the event by Council Member Michael Wojcik. Wojcik had objected to the announced participation of the two chiefs in a Facebook post on the day the event was announced, noting he had contacted city administration.

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