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Fillmore Central fire


Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, students and teachers at Fillmore Central High School in Harmony were enjoying their lunch hour or working on last-minute school work in study hall. The fire alarm sounded, and everyone went outside and across the street, the routine that is followed whenever there is a drill.

But this time there was no drill. A fire had been spotted in the boiler room down in the basement. There were students lifting weights in the weight room at the time, and some teachers were still in the teachers' lounge eating lunch.

High School Principal Heath Olstad received a call in the office about the fire. The alarms went off as he was leaving the office to check out the situation.

"I went to the boiler room," said Olstad. "I saw six-foot high flames in one area. I knew a small fire extinguisher wasn't going to get that."

Everyone was evacuated to the Community Center. Sirens could be heard within minutes as emergency crews came, and the fire department put out the flames. It wasn't long after that a crew from KTTC in Rochester arrived to get the scoop on what was happening. The news spread quickly throughout the area.

The students and staff members all waited patiently at the Community Center, and some took advantage of the nice weather by playing football or basketball. Olstad soon let them know that school would be let out at 1:30. Arrangements were made for the buses to take home all of the students in grades K-12.

As of a few hours after the fire, the exact cause of the fire was still unknown. Olstad said he had no idea how bad things were inside, how much damage had been done from the fire, smoke, or the water. School was supposed to be finished for the year on Friday, but there was no word on whether they would be able to continue as usual.

"The students and staff did an excellent job," said Olstad. "We got everybody evacuated, and the fire department got there quickly. My compliments to them for doing a great job."

Many people waited around for a long time outside the school before being allowed inside to get their car keys to go home. Olstad said they were not allowing anybody inside until the fire inspector from Stewartville arrived and did an inspection. When he gave the okay, then people would be allowed inside to get their things.

Nobody was harmed by the fire, which was contained to one area. The students had a break from their routine, and an unexpected .....
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Big drop in motorcycle deaths in 2009

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) shows motorcycle deaths dropped significantly last year. There were 52 motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota in 2009, a 28 percent decrease from a 24-year high of 72 deaths in 2008. ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Fire in Northeast Rochester

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, May 1, 2010] - This morning the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a single family fire in northeast Rochester. The Red Cross provided the individuals affected with food and clothing and Shelter. All Re ..... 
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STATE HITS 101 ROAD DEATHS FOR THE YEAR

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The recent rash of traffic deaths - unofficially 16 since Friday, April 23 - has pushed Minnesota above the 100-death mark for the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). To-date, preliminary reports indicate 10 ..... 
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'Hit and run' in Preston

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

It's not often that a person witnesses a hit and run, especially when it involves a horse-drawn buggy and a Ford F-150.

As I sat at my desk on the morning of Wednesday, March 31, typing away on my computer keyboard, while casually peering ou ..... 
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172 arrested for DWI in March

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Enhanced DWI patrols conducted in the state's counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries resulted in 172 DWI arrests in March.

Participating officers in the overtime patrols stopped 3,908 vehicles and issued 1,212 cit ..... 
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Home in Spring Valley

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, March 31, 2010] - The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding this morning to a home in Spring Valley after a semi-truck collided with it. The Red Cross is meeting with the family and making arrangements fo ..... 
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