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Emergency crews responded to a fiery crash on Highway 23 around midnight Saturday in western Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Michael J. Buchert, 49, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffered non-life threatening injuries after his car left the roadway and hit a sign. His 1999 Ford...
Local firefighters had a unique opportunity to train for a house fire in a recently functioning house Monday night on South McKenzie Street in Luverne. The house near the old Laundromat and east of Glen’s Food Center was set on fire and extinguished multiple times in order to allow several teams of...
The early morning sky on Wednesday, June 22, was a spectacular sound and light show of a classic summer thunderstorm. But one lightening bolt connected with a barn on the Darrell and Leah Van Meeteren farm northeast of Luverne. "We heard the loudest crack that night, but we didn't realize it was at our place," Darrell Van Meeteren said Thursday. "There was a lot of electricity in the air." What he also didn't realize was that all that electricity ignited a fire that nearly consumed the building.
The early morning sky on Wednesday, June 22, was a spectacular sound and light show of a classic summer thunderstorm. But one lightening bolt connected with a barn on the Darrell and Leah Van Meeteren farm northeast of Luverne. "We heard the loudest crack that night, but we didn't realize it was at...
Luverne’s City Council approved fire protection contracts with area townships at their meeting Tuesday, April 26. Townships included in the contract with Luverne Fire Department are Luverne, Magnolia, Kanaranzi, Clinton, Mound, Vienna and Springwater townships, which have all returned signed...
Luverne firefighters work to extinguish a dryer fire at Gevo Monday night.
The Luverne Fire Department and Rock County ambulance responded to a report of a dryer fire around 11:30 p.m. Monday at the Gevo plant on the west side of Luverne. According to Fire Chief David Van Batavia, when firefighters arrived at the scene flames were coming from a dryer, but the blaze was...
Investigators inspect what was left of the 41-by-246-foot barn after a May 11, 2015, fire that took the lives of two workers. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal closed its investigation last week citing the fire’s cause as “undetermined.”
The State Fire Marshal last week wrapped up the investigation of a May 2015 swine building fire that took the lives of two local women. The report, however, offers few specific answers. “I have listed this fire as undetermined due to the extent of damage to artifacts located within the structure...
Luverne Fire Department members made quick work of this car fire Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Rock County Implement parking lot. Nobody was injured in the event, but the car, owned by Joel Thacker, appeared to be a total loss.
The Luverne Fire Department spent several hours on New Year’s Eve at the scene of a fire on Edgehill Street in Luverne. Smoke was billowing out of the building, owned by Freda Fransman, when firefighters arrived, and Fire Chief David Van Batavia said crews were cautious about possible flammables...
The Magnolia Fire and Rescue Department recently received $3,000 from the AgStar Financial Services Fund for Rural America from local representative Pat Barnett. Pictured are (front, from left) Magnolia Mayor Dennis Madison, Scott Dohlmann, Barnett, Jean DeGroot, (back) Robert Somnis, Stacie Dohlmann, Steve DeGroot and Tom Strassburg.
The AgStar Fund for Rural America recently awarded $3,000 to Magnolia Fire and Rescue to purchase safety vests and EMS gear bags. “There is a great need for emergency response support, especially in rural communities. Budget restraints make it difficult for departments to purchase and update...
Felony charges were filed last week in connection with a crash last summer that took the life of a young woman. Mark Richard Zebe, 43, Adrian, was charged in Rock County District Court Friday with negligent fire. The charges stem from a waterway fire Zebe started south of Kenneth on Aug. 4, 2014....

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