Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
New phone app could save lives of those in cardiac arrest in Ramsey County
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:31:12 -0800
Ramsey County officials on Thursday unveiled a smartphone app that can direct people with basic medical training to help someone suffering a potentially fatal cardiac arrest — even before an ambulance can arrive. The PulsePoint app is meant for people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and for people who can use automatic external defibrillators.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 11:31:12 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
How the state taxes Social Security benefits would change under three bills
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:24:43 -0800
How much should Social Security benefits be taxed by the state — if at all? Three bills laid over by the House Taxes Committee Thursday take varied views on the question. To be considered for inclusion in the omnibus tax bill, they seek changes that range from relatively minor – a $150 to $300 increase in the maximum subtraction for Social Security benefits — to eliminating taxes on Social Security benefits altogether.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 3:24:43 PM - SOURCE: Minnesota House of Representatives
Cities, fire departments call for 'hydrant heroes'
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:53:07 -0800
When first responders have to dig out fire hydrants from packed snow, it adds valuable response time in what are typically emergency situations. That's why many Minnesota cities have been reaching out to their community members for help clearing snow from around hydrants. Some cities are even holding contests to try and raise awareness about fire hydrant access.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 10:53:07 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
One person found dead in Menahga house fire
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
One person is dead after a house fire in Menahga, Minnesota. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office says that it happened at 614 2nd St. SE just before 10:30pm on Wednesday February 13th. When fire crews arrived on the scene they found a house fully engulfed in flames. It took crews almost 3 hours to completely extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: INFORUM
Belle Plaine Family Whose Home Burned Down Contemplate Effects of the Aftermath
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:05:01 -0800
A seemingly innocuous breaker short in the home of Kateryna and Robert McCloskey and their two sons turned into a fire that altered the course of their lives as they knew it on the evening of Monday, Jan. 28. On a normal day needing to move one’s refrigerator to a different outlet because it was not getting power might be seen as nothing more than a minor inconvenience, but for the McCloskeys, that very act was the canary in the coal mine that prefaced an over five-hour fire fight at their home at 301 East Main Street in Belle Plaine.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 1:05:01 PM - SOURCE: Belle Plaine Herald
Fire Destroys House on Horseshoe Chain of Lakes near Richmond
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A handful of fire departments were called in to battle a house fire on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes near Richmond. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the blaze broke out just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday night at 21157 Elkview Circle in Munson Township. Residents, 54-year-old Margueritte Johnson, and 16-year-old Jonathan Cable were displaced by the fire which left the one-bedroom, loft-style home and its contents a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJON AM 1240
Fire damages popular restaurant in St. Paul’s Highland Park
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A weekend fire at a restaurant in St. Paul’s Highland Park left the kitchen significantly damaged, an investigator said Tuesday. Firefighters were called at 2:57 a.m. Saturday to a report of flames coming from the roof of the Cleveland Wok on Cleveland Avenue near Ford Parkway. The fire began in the kitchen and some of it spread to the roof, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com - Metered Site
New Ulm fire chief asks help in clearing fire hydrants
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:16:34 -0800
New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho is requesting the public’s help in clearing snow from fire hydrants. Residents and business owners can Adopt-A-Hydrant by clearing a 3-foot area around the hydrant, making it easily accessible for firefighters. Even if it is not on your property, you can help out a neighbor and your entire neighborhood by clearing the snow.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:16:34 AM - SOURCE: New Ulm Journal
St. Paul police use PepperBall for first time on woman threatening to blow up building
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:17:19 -0800
A St. Paul officer used PepperBall to get a woman into custody after she threatened to blow up a building and suddenly came at police officers, according to police. It was the first time it’s been used since the department began a pilot program this month. The PepperBall launcher, which looks like a handgun with orange along the top, shoots a powder that has a similar effect as pepper spray.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 2:17:19 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com - Metered Site
Council Denies Duluth Fire Department Third Deputy Chief
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 23:10:51 -0800
The Duluth Fire Department does not operate today the way it did in 1912. However, an attempt to change the decade-old city charter to add another command staff position failed Monday night at Duluth City Council. DFD is authorized to have a fire chief and two deputy chiefs. Chief Dennis Edwards, supported by city administration and the Local 101 firefighters union, asked councilors to change the city charter to allow him three deputy chiefs instead of two.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 11:10:51 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Remembering Former Duluth Fire Chief Larry Bushey
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 22:23:17 -0800
Duluth Fire Department is remembering the life of longtime former Fire Chief Larry Bushey. He passed away Friday at St. Luke’s Hospital, at the age of 85. His visitation will take place Tuesday from 5pm-7pm at Dougherty Funeral Home. He will be buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. There are many remarkable things about Lawrence Bushey, or Larry as he was more commonly known.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 10:23:17 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Falling icicle sends St. Paul boy to hospital
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:02:14 -0800
A 10-year-old boy says he’ll be looking up – as well as down – during future Minnesota winters. On Sunday, Ayden Schuler wound up in the hospital overnight after an icicle from a Minneapolis skyway fell onto his head. “Dad took one of his shirts off and held it against my head to stop the bleeding,” Ayden said Monday from his South St.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 7:02:14 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Lavell Township House Believed to be 'Total Loss' After Fire
Sun, 10 Feb 2019 17:27:48 -0800
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a house in Lavell Township is believed to be a "total loss" after a fire on Sunday afternoon. The fire was reported around 4:40 p.m. in the 9500 block of the Zim Road, which is southeast of Hibbing. Crews from McDavitt Township, Cherry Township, Clinton Township, Central Lakes, and Toivola were dispatched to the blaze, and found the house showing flames from the east side.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 5:27:48 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Brainerd's state fire investigator retires his badge after serving 3 decades: Mark Germain no longer on call
Sat, 09 Feb 2019 14:44:19 -0800
Mark Germain spent many nights sleeping in his vehicle, about half his life in ashes and has seen more tragedies than anyone would want to endure. Germain, hired as the Brainerd area deputy with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office in 1989 after already having close to 10 years of fire service experience under his belt, has retired.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2019 2:44:19 PM - SOURCE: Pine River Journal
'Extensive' damage to Plymouth home after vehicle fire spreads
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:30:01 -0800
A fire caused "extensive damage" to home in Plymouth Friday afternoon, according to Plymouth Deputy Fire Chief Dave Dreelan. Dreelan says at 12:20 p.m. firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle on fire in a driveway near Harbor Lane and 10th Avenue North. By the time the fire department arrived, the flames had spread to the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 2:30:01 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
Maplewood firefighters put on brave faces despite subzero weather
Sat, 09 Feb 2019 16:06:21 -0800
Firefighters in Maplewood, Minnesota got a little frosty while battling a fire in subzero temperatures. Maplewood Fire Department tweeted out photos of a crew putting out a vehicle fire last week during the polar vortex. Photos show the water quickly turned to ice, which clung to one firefighter's mask and gear.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2019 4:06:21 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
Fire department called to Sauk Rapids kitchen fire
Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:17:21 -0800
Sauk Rapids Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Sunday morning. Residents could not put the fire out, despite using multiple fire extinguishers, according to the building's caretaker. The fire was at the North Country Apartments at 307 13th St. N in apartment 201. David Olson said he is the caretaker for the apartments and lives in the first-floor apartment below 201.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 11:17:21 AM - SOURCE: St. Cloud Times
Propane may have fueled fatal Dakota County house explosion
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 06:13:04 -0800
Fire officials say a fatal house explosion in Dakota County may have been fueled by propane. The explosion south of Hampton killed a woman and severely burned a man early Tuesday. Deputies found a man wandering the scene of the blast with severe burns over much of his body. The man said he was looking for his wife.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 6:13:04 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
Minnesota State Patrol, Elk River Police and Fire on scene of crash involving a pedestrian
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Emergency personnel are on the scene of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on northbound Highway 169 on the north side of Main Street. They were called there shortly before 7 p.m. on Feb. 6. People on the scene of the crash tried to revive someone, but to no avail, according to a bystander who was outside at a nearby apartment complex at the time of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star News
Amid frigid temps, house fires keep Isanti Fire District busy
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 13:05:16 -0800
During the cold snap on Jan. 29, multiple fires in the Isanti Fire District kept firefighters busy fighting both the polar vortex as well as flames barreling out of homes. The first of the fire calls came in at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, while the wind chill was one of the coldest in 25 years, and despite the cold, the firefighters of Isanti Fire District went to work.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 1:05:16 PM - SOURCE: HometownSource
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