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Local fire departments battle March 1 house fire


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Royal and Stephanie Anderson’s home located in Peterson, Minn. was engulfed in flames on March 1 from a fire originating from a gas heater. Photo by Angie Rodenburg

It’s not often that the Rushford Fire Department gets a call for a house fire, and that’s the way they like it. Unfortunately, the Rushford Fire Department received such a phone call at 12:52 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 from the residence of Royal and Stephanie Anderson.

Stephanie Anderson called 911 after receiving a phone call from her husband Royal as she was just getting to Rushford after a night out with friends. As she drove up to her house she could see the smoke.

“When you’re watching your house on fire, it seems like it takes forever for the fire department to get there,” said Stephanie. In reality the fire department was able to respond in six minutes.

Royal had been home and was sleeping when their dog Nollie came in the bedroom seeming to need to be let out. When Royal went to let out Nollie, he saw that the back porch was filled with smoke. “She’s a real hero,” said Stephanie about their quick acting dog.

Royal was able to get out of the house safely. However, the Andersons were concerned when they couldn’t find Royal’s brother, Riley, who had been staying with them. They were relieved to soon find that he had not been home. With everyone safely out of the home, Nollie included, the firefighters were able to get right to work putting out the fire.

Not long into fighting the fire the Houston Fire Department was called in to assist. The old house was built with a balloon style construction that allowed the flames to easily move from one part of the house to another. They not only had to fight the fire in the rooms, but in between the ceiling and the floors. Houses today are not built this way in order to help seal off fires from other areas of the house.

The fire department not only had to contend with the balloon style construction, they also had the difficult task of putting a fire out in winter. Fire Department Chief Paul Corcoran said that the snow piles were deep and it was extremely icy. The firefighters kept the trucks running and the water circulating to ensure that the hoses wouldn’t freeze. Chief Corcoran was pleased that it was only zero degrees out while fighting the fire rather than -22 like it had been in days prior.

The temperature did still manage to make work more difficult for the firemen. The fire department gear was frozen stiff from the mix of cold and water. Their pant legs became more like tubes as they f .....
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Goldsmiths’ gentle giants

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Dan Goldsmith says, “Don’t be intimidated by their size.” As I look up...way up to the face of “Fawn”, a strikingly magnificent Belgian horse, looks down with affection in her eyes. Amy and Dan Goldsmith own Goldsmith Belgians located ..... 
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In the company of horses

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Bring up the topic of horses to Tracy Hanson of Chatfield, Minn., and a certain glint comes into his eyes as he describes his love for horses. The only thing which brings a bigger smile to Tracy’s face is talking about his family and their involve ..... 
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Fillmore County cleans up after February 20-21 blizzard

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Features

If you were at work on the morning of Thursday, February 20, you probably looked out your window a few times anticipating to see the snow flakes flying. Though the winter storm that hit the area didn’t get underway until roughly 2 p.m. in Fillmore ..... 
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Minnesota Energy Resource Coorporation (MERC) rate increases

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Features

A request was made by a Fillmore County Journal reader to look into the “customer charge” and “per unit charge” increases requested by MERC last fall. MERC has many local natural gas customers in Rochester and surrounding cities. MERC, a s ..... 
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Black Hawk Aviator, former Kingsland grad, visits home

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Even as a young boy growing up in the community of Spring Valley, Minn., Eric Mathison knew he was destined to join the military. A long line of proud and dedicated servicemen in his family definitely had an impact on Mathison’s vision of his futu ..... 
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Memorial fishing tournament takes place in Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

As snow fell on a chilly winter’s day at the 2014 Memorial Fishing Tournament in Lanesboro, Minn. on Saturday, February 15, all the participants felt was warmth as friends, family, and neighbors of Andrew Kingsbury, Blake Overland, and Matthew Eri ..... 
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Cindy Gallea to compete in 12th Iditarod

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

While some people in this area complain about the cold and the snow of winter, there are others whose passion depends on such conditions. Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minn. has a passion for dog sled racing or “mushing” and the snow we now have in ..... 
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