Forest Lake Fire Department
After confusion about the hiring process led to Forest Lake area firefighters concerned about the open fire chief position, the Forest Lake Joint Fire Board will meet April 23 at 8 p.m. to discuss filling the position with an interim chief for the next six months to a year. The Forest Lake Fire Depa...Read More
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A fire that destroyed much of the Columbus Bergen’s Greehouse location and also damaged neighbor Waldoch Craft was the first of several incidents Forest Lake firefighters responded to in a two-day span last week. No one was seriously hurt in the fire (one firefighter reported a very minor injury),...Read More
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No one was hurt in a large fire that began in the early morning hours Wednesday at Bergen’s Greenhouse and Waldoch Craft in Columbus. According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started at Bergen’s Greenhouse (and some in the area reported hearing an explosion sound). A passer...Read More
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Submitted photo Forest Lake firefighters make their way through the remains of a garage that burned to the ground the morning of Feb. 16. According to the fire department, the fire at 21829 Ideal Ave. N. was called in around 3:40 a.m. The cause of the fire is unknown, but when firefighters arrived, ...Read More
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Forest Lake Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius didn’t outgrow his childhood dreams. Instead, he grew into them. Now 63 and set to retire on Jan. 30, Sigfrinius remembers growing up in Marble and wanting to become a firefighter – particularly because his dad was elected as fire chief by residents of the ...Read More
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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 21s...Read More
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