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Friday, August 23, 2019

Rush City welcomes new firefighters

Eric White, David Henthorn and Coltin Malchow were pinned as the newest firefighters for the Rush City Fire Department during the Rush City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 12. “We’ve invited all the families here,” Rush City Fire Chief Bob Carlson said. “With the city’s help, with the families’ help, and everybody else’s help, it’s gone remarkably well.” According to Carlson, the newly pinned firefighters went through testing through Central Lakes College and finished fire training 1 during April and May and fire training 2 in June. Also, they have gone out on 70-80% of the fire calls recently, including weekdays, nights and weekends. “It’s been enjoyable to have them here working with us,” Carlson said. “Hopefully, they’ll stay for another 18 to 20 years.” The fire department asked the council for a pension increase, which is currently $2,300 per year.
HometownSource - Metered Site

Follow Up: 8 people hurt in accident involving 2 tour buses on Highway 280

VIDEO: Eight people were taken to the hospital and southbound lanes of Highway 280 were closed for hours after two tour buses collided near Hennepin Avenue in Lauderdale Thursday morning. The superintendent said most passengers on that bus were adults, with the exception of one child. The passengers were part of the Little Falls Community Schools' community education program and were headed to the Minnesota State Fair. According to Minnesota State Patrol troopers, eight people were taken to a hospital with varying injuries. 50 passengers were noted have been on Andy's Charter Service bus at the time of the incident, not including the driver. The other bus was empty other than the driver.
KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

Pipestone couple displaced by fire

No one was injured by a fire at Bill and Tami VanderPlaats’ home at 810 2nd St. SE in Pipestone Sunday night, but the couple has been displaced due to damage. Tami said she’d just put a load of laundry in the dryer and gone upstairs when Bill yelled to call 911 because there was a fire. Bill, who is a member of the Pipestone Volunteer Fire Department, extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived, but not before the home was damaged by smoke. “The smoke was pretty thick,” said Pipestone Fire Chief Corey Popma. Popma said firefighters worked to clear smoke from the home and brought the dryer and other items outside. They then opened up the wall in the laundry room to check on a few hot spots.
Pipestone County Star

Redwood Falls man charged with arson for trailer park fire

A Redwood Falls man is accused of intentionally starting a fire in a trailer park last summer. Jacob Kelly Leith, 27, was charged last week with felony counts of 1st-degree arson and criminal damage to property in Redwood County Court. According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched in July 2018 to a fire at Eastwood Estates. Flames had fully engulfed an RV by the time they arrived, and Kelly’s father was attempting to extinguish the fire with a garden house. Kelly James Leith told police he believed his son was inside the burning RV. Court documents say that no human remains were found inside the RV after the fire was extinguished.
KLGR-FM 97.7 Redwood Falls

Fire in Oronoco Under Investigation

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, a fire in Oronoco is under investigation. Olmsted County Sheriff's Sergeant Jim Schueller said the fire happened Thursday, around 9 p.m. on the 12000 block of 18th Avenue NW in Oronoco. According to Sergeant Schueller, a driver saw the flames and called law enforcement. Sergeant Schueller said the property owner's 38-year-old son told authorities he was burning downed trees out in the fields and the house caught on fire. Pine Island and Oronoco Fire responded to the call and put out the fire. Sergeant Schueller also said some components of the incident were suspicious. Authorities said both the Minnesota State Fire Marshall and an arson investigator are expected to look at the scene, Friday.
KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Float Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Grand Rapids Airport

One person was injured after their float plane made an emergency landing after take off near Grand Rapids – Itasca County Airport earlier today. It all happened at about 1 p.m., according to Grand Rapids Fire Chief Travis Cole. He said a 68-year-old Grand Rapids man in the plane suffered lower back injuries and was taken to the hospital. The plane had engine issues shortly after takeoff, according to police. It ended up landing in the grass of a stormwater treatment facility about 100 yards away. Nothing was damaged at that facility. “The pilot did an excellent job in a situation in which he had no other options. No other lives were endangered,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson. “We have been in contact with the FAA and they will conduct an investigation [for] the incident.” One of the wings of the plane was severely damaged during the incident.
KQDS-TV Fox 21

Belle Plaine Fire Department 125th Anniversary Celebration Signals Department’s Longtime Success

Last Saturday, Aug. 17, marked a landmark occasion for the Belle Plaine Fire Department - its celebration of 125 years in operation. To mark the occasion, the fire department pulled out all of the stops. From live music to balloon artists, to the time-honored tradition of water fights, Saturday’s celebration was nothing short of a community hurrah for Matt Stier, the sitting chief of the Belle Plaine Fire Department. “We had a good celebration day,” Stier said of the event. “It’s a nice benchmark to make here. It was an honor to be at the head when this happened.” People from Belle Plaine and beyond gathered in Prairie Park for a day of activities, including a fire truck show and a beanbag tournament. In the evening, crowds gathered for a street dance accompanied by the Charlie Sticha Band, The Six Outlaws and Viva Knievel. Children had the chance to enjoy bounces houses and dunk tanks as well as face painters.
Belle Plaine Herald

Accident involving 2 tour buses stops St Paul traffic on Highway 280, injuries reported

PHOTO: Two tour buses were blocking Highway 280 near Hennepin Avenue in Lauderdale Thursday morning. A KSTP crew at the scene reported emergency crews responded and were treating injuries at the scene. Reporter Eric Chaloux, who is at the scene, said that based on tire tracks and knocked-down trees in the area, it appeared as if one tour bus may have gone down the embankment at the exit ramp down to the highway. The Minnesota State Patrol was at the scene to assist and direct traffic. According to a KSTP crew at the scene, firefighters worked to pry open the door of one of the tour buses in order to allow passengers to exit.
KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul

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