Theresa Malloy The Laker As fire departments across the state struggle with budget issues and recruitment and retention shortfalls, the lingering question is what the future of firefighting will look like in Minnesota. Nationally, Minnesota ranks 47th in fire investment, even though the state is 21st in population and 20th in land mass, Eden Prairie [...]
Eric Hagen ABC Newspapers Six Lake Minnetonka area fire chiefs have been brainstorming about how they might band together in a fire district to share services. The communities of Maple Plain, Loretto, Long Lake, Mound, St. Bonifacius and Excelsior have yet to make any decisions and may include Hamel in a prospective partnership called the [...]
Jeffrey Hage Mille Lacs County Times Shortly before 11 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014, a fiery explosion ripped through the Coin-Tainer Co.’s block-long manufacturing facility in Milaca. As fire lit the January night sky, firefighters from four departments as close as Milaca and as far away as Onamia (22 miles north of Milaca) left the warm [...]
A Forest Lake family is dealing with the aftermath of losing its house to a fire on May 18. For Brian and Becky Richert and their two children, that already-difficult process has been complicated by gawkers at the site of the fire.
A large house built six years ago near the shore of Forest Lake was lost to fire Sunday afternoon. The Forest Lake Fire Department took a call to 21034 Karoline Court at 3:30 p.m. and spent three hours fighting the blaze. Though no one was injured, the fire proved too far along for firefighters to salvage the residence.
The Forest Lake Fire Department will holds its annual Firemen’s Ball this Saturday, March 29 at American Legion Post 225. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the band Uncle Chunk will entertain from 8 p.m. to midnight. Dance tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door. Currently serving military personnel will get in [...]