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Minnesota fire fatalities at highest level since 2011


Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in All Features

Three deaths in as many days have pushed fire fatalities in Minnesota to their highest level since 2011.

Fifty-one people have died in fires in 2015 compared to 43 this time last year. With some of the most dangerous weeks ahead for residential blazes, the number of fire deaths this year is already 16% higher than last year’s total of 44. Only three times since 2000 have there been more than 51 fire deaths: 2011 (56), 2008 (52) and 2002 (64).

The three most recent fire deaths include:

• A 5-year-old Ham Lake girl on Dec. 13.

• A 25-year-old woman in Mountain Iron on Dec. 12.

• A 24-year-old man in Alexandria on Dec. 11.

The top three causes of residential fires in Minnesota — cooking, heating and open flame — are holiday staples. State Fire Marshal Bruce West is asking Minnesotans to help prevent further tragedy:

• Stay in the kitchen while cooking.

• Never leave items like candles and space heaters unattended.

• Keep matches and lighters locked up and away from children.

• Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. They give you the crucial time needed to escape if there is a fire.

More fire prevention information is online at http://sfm.dps.mn.gov. The Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division’s most recent Fire in Minnesota report include details about fire fatalities, causes and financial impact in Minnesota.

Boots & Badges has gone to press

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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“It’s been put to bed,” as we say in the printing industry. After nearly 13 months of what can best be described as a community-wide project, Boots & Badges: Honoring Fillmore County Veterans has been sent to press. It’s not every day tha ..... 
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A beauty shop for your car

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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Don and Dorrie Besse love cars. In July of 2014 they sold the business they owned for nearly 30 years, Preston Service Plus. Don worked there for 42 years and Dorrie for about 30 years. The couple has worked well together over the years and continue ..... 
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A beauty shop for your car

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
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Don and Dorrie Besse love cars. In July of 2014 they sold the business they owned for nearly 30 years, Preston Service Plus. Don worked there for 42 years and Dorrie for about 30 years. The couple has worked well together over the years and continue ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile collects 44 units

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Features

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 1, 2015, succeeded in collecting 44 units of blood. There were 43 donors that presented and four first-time participants. Congratulations to these three donors who reached the following milestones: • ..... 
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USDA issues safety-net payments to Minnesota farmers facing market downturn

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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USDA Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, Jane Ray, announced that approximately 92,000 Minnesota farms who enrolled in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will soon begin receiving financial assis ..... 
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CEDA wins $15,000 “Strong Community” award

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), a Chatfield, Minn. based non-profit economic development firm, was announced as the $15,000 winner of the Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines) Strong Communities Award for its work ..... 
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Avoid damaging seasonal equipment – tips for proper fuel use Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers tips on how to correctly address fuel use and storage

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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Across the United States this fall and winter, lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor power equipment should have their remaining fuel removed before a long winter nap. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers fuel use and storage tips to ..... 
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Distracted driving simulator at Fillmore Central

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
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On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, following the Veterans Day presentation in the gymnasium, students were welcomed in the cafeteria by Sgt. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol. Christianson was borrowing a distracted driving simulator ..... 
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