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Not alone


Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Three years ago it was Trout Days, and I had just finished performing a song with my good friend and duet partner, Sami Skaalen. Another friend ran up to me and told me my father's house was on fire. This time around, it was my father who told me about the fire, and this time the fire was at my alma mater Fillmore Central High School.

May 19, 2007, is a day that will always be remembered by the Gibson family. You could see the smoke billowing over the trees from across town. Sirens were blaring, and there was water flying all over the place. Every few minutes I could hear glass shattering. Whether it was from axes or flames was anybody's guess. You always hear the "don't think it won't happen to you" speech, but never really take it seriously until it finally does happen to you. You can't imagine what a house-destroying fire does to you until you experience it firsthand. After hearing the news of our house fire I took off towards home in hopes that our pets, and more importantly my father, wasn't home. He wasn't. In fact we arrived at the scene before my dad. There were firemen everywhere and a crowd had already started to gather. Thankfully, our house was slightly secluded, and not many people could get too close to us. My brother and I sat on our lawn and watched as flames shot out of our windows. Next thing I know, I've gone through three large bottles of water, I didn't have a single tear left in me, and I was across the street staring at my home through the trees. We had only moved in just a few months before, but it was still our home. We were short a home and our belongings were destroyed. I was able to walk away with a carved Indian box my father gave me, my song books and a glass angel given to me by my grandma. My brother was less lucky. After the flames were doused and the trucks drove off, it was declared a total loss.

Now, the students at Fillmore Central have shared a somewhat similar experience. Exactly three years after our house was consumed Fillmore Central had its own fire problems. My brother just happened to be there to watch them pull the alarm. After a conversation with my dad that morning about the significance of this day, we never could've dreamed something like this would happen. Students were evacuated to the Community Center and the proper authorities were called. Watching from the outside, you couldn't really see much of the damage, but it was clear enough that it had been done. By the time I arrived, most of .....
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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 str ..... 
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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 str ..... 
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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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