Minnesota News

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fire burns Dockside Rental near Nisswa

An early morning fire burned a jet ski rental business near Nisswa Thursday, Oct. 18. Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said crews received the call just after 2 a.m. and responded to heavy fire and smoke at Dockside Rental on the southwest side of Round Lake, in Unorganized Territory between Brainerd and Nisswa. Holmes said flames burned on the east side of the building, with heavy smoke throughout, when firefighters arrived at the scene. Crews used extensive overhaul to put the fire out, Holmes said, as the building was originally constructed in the late 1930s and had a lot of older construction elements inside. Firefighters cleared the scene by 7 a.m., Holmes said, and the state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Holmes said suspicious activity is not suspected. Brainerd firefighters were assisted on-scene by the Nisswa Fire Department, Nisswa Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and North Memorial Ambulance. Nisswa Mayor Fred Heidmann owns Dockside Rental but could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mankato Fire Receives High Insurance Services Offices Rating

Mankato firefighters' efforts to protect homes and community members is reflected in its recent ranking. The city's Insurance Services Offices rating was recently upgraded from a three to a two. High ISO ratings, like the city of Mankato's, indicate that a community's fire response system is prepared to prevent and respond to incidents, which can result in lower fire loss. Over 43,000 cities nationwide receive an ISO rating, but only four percent rank '2' or better. City Manager Pat Hentges credits a number of things for the high rating, including the city's partnership with Blue Earth County's 911 dispatch. Even with the high rank, Hentges says he expects continuous improvements in public safety services, including expanded training for employees and volunteers.
KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato

Man dies in apartment fire in West St. Paul

A man has died after a fire in an apartment building early Wednesday morning in West St. Paul, Minnesota. According to authorities, around 4:30 a.m., the South Metro Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke in an apartment building in the 1300 block of Kruse Street. When they arrived, firefighters found a fire in a third floor apartment with an unresponsive male inside. He was quickly moved outside where responders provided medical treatment. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Minneapolis: Yard Signs May Have Prompted Arson in Marcy-Holmes, Neighborhood Association Says

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association says an alleged arsonist who set fire to the front door of a home in the neighborhood may have done so because of signs placed in the front yard. The association said the home on the 600 block of Sixth Street Southeast had a Black Lives Matter sign and a Sen. Paul Wellstone sign. Both signs were burned, along with the wooden door and frame. Both the homeowner and a police inspector suggested the campaign signs as a possible motive. "While yard signs are sometimes stolen or tampered with in election season, arson is a significantly more troubling crime," the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association wrote in a release. "To set fire to a home and yard signs with gasoline is alarming."
KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul

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