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City council discusses pension, levy

September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

WORTHINGTON — During its regular meeting Monday night, the Worthington City Council discussed firefighter pensions and precertified the levy for the 2014 budget.The council approved a 1.3 percent increase in the levy. That number may be lowered, but…continue reading on

Smokejumpers say nothing beats rush of one of the toughest jobs

July 6, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

JAMESTOWN Being a smokejumper is one of the toughest jobs. There may be only one job that’s tougher being a smokejumper’s mother. Continue Reading

Commitment and character

July 1, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

On May 28, 2012 an explosion ripped through the Verso Paper mill in Sartell, taking one life and injuring four others.
More than 5,000 tons of finished paper and work-in-process inventory caught on fire.
Within the first few hours of the fire, a statewide mutual aid fire plan was exhausted, so the task of coordinating additional help to put out the fire was assigned to the regional director for the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association for the Lake Region Bill Thoennes of Alexandria. Continue Reading

Report examines finances of volunteer fire relief associations

March 14, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

State Auditor Rebecca Otto today released the
2011 Financial and Investment Report on Volunteer Fire Relief
Associations. Continue Reading

Legislation aimed at helping volunteer fire departments

March 14, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Today, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) sponsored legislation designed to help volunteer fire departments across Minnesota recruit firefighters by restoring and expanding tax incentives that have proved successful in attracting volunteers. Continue Reading

Bucyrus burns: Small town faces tough road after fire devastation

October 18, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BUCYRUS Looking like something out of an apocalyptic Hollywood film, much of the small town of Bucyrus was burned to the ground after being swept up in a raging wildfire Wednesday. Continue Reading

Pierz firefighter honored after Line of Duty Death

August 23, 2012 in EOT Focus

A Pierz, Minn., firefighter who died while scuba diving on Seven Lake near Frazee was given a great honor recently when flags at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial flew at half-staff in his memory. Continue Reading

Still fired up: Ted Krull has lengthy legacy on fire department

July 6, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

SIBLEY, Iowa He’s been retired for a number of years, but Ted Krull still dons his standard work uniform a pair of denim overalls just about every day.
“I always did carpenter work, and I grew up on the farm,” Ted explained about his attire.
The only other uniform Ted has ever worn is that of a volunteer firefighter. Ted joined the Sibley Fire Department in 1950, and at age 91 he’s still an honorary member today. That’s 62 years, giving Ted one of the longest current firefighter legacies in Iowa Continue Reading

High-fashion firefighters from Sedan, Minn., get worldwide attention

March 21, 2012 in West Central Tribune

SEDAN Firefighters from around the world put out flames every day without getting much attention.
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Huron looks to lower minimum firefighter age

December 25, 2011 in The Daily Republic

HURON (AP) City officials in Huron are considering lowering the minimum age of volunteer firefighters to boost the department’s ranks. Continue Reading