Luverne Fire Department

Members of the Luverne Fire Department practiced dispatch and staging for housefires in three different parts of town Monday night as part of their regular training program. They’re pictured here rolling up fire hoses after “responding” to a “fire” in a one-story home on West Bishop Street. From...
Local Girl Scouts delivered cookies to the Luverne Fire Department Monday night as part of their “Donation of Caring” project. Pictured at the fire hall are (front, from left) Girl Scouts Erin Mongold, Millie Gonnerman, Mila Rensink, Amelia Ganun, (back) co-leader Christine Tyng, troop leader Emily Rensink and Luverne Fire Chief David Van Batavia.
A small group of girls made a large delivery to the Luverne Fire Department Monday night at the fire hall. As part of their “Donation of Caring” project this year, the Girl Scouts in kindergarten through first grade accepted cookie donations — 37 boxes in all — from their customers for “local...
Luverne Fire Department member James Rahm talks to day care children in the Luverne Fire Hall Tuesday morning. He showed them what he wears to go into a burning structure, and he specifically pointed out how scary he looks and sounds when he is wearing his full protective gear. He told them to not...
Fire protection isn’t cheap, and rural township officials are questioning the price they pay for emergency response from the Luverne Fire Department. The groups met Sept. 7 for their annual budget review, and township officials showed up with pointed questions — such as: •“Why are we still making...
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.
At their Feb. 2 meeting, Rock County Commissioners reconsidered paying a $750 fire services bill they denied last month. Attending the meeting were seven officers and/or directors from Clinton, Luverne, Mound and Magnolia townships. Those townships, plus portions of Vienna and Kanaranzi, are...
Luverne Electric Department Supervisor Rick Hoftiezer (right) shakes hands with his brother, Ron Hoftiezer, who is on the fire department in Miller, South Dakota. At left is Steve Resel, chief of Miller Fire Department, which purchased Luverne’s old ladder truck.
Luverne City Administrator John Call announced last week that Luverne’s used ladder truck has been sold to the fire department in Miller, South Dakota. Luverne had purchased a newer ladder truck last summer for $550,000. It’s a 2010 Rosenbauer 101’ platform firetruck. A new one costs over $1...
Al Pilaczynski (right) is one of 15 blood donors who designated the Luverne Fire Department during Monday’s Ninth Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges,” a friendly blood drive between firefighters and the law enforcement and emergency medical personnel. The law enforcement/EMTs won the competition with...
Al Pilaczynski (right) is one of 15 blood donors who designated the Luverne Fire Department during Monday’s Ninth Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges,” a friendly blood drive between firefighters and the law enforcement and emergency medical personnel. The law enforcement/EMTs won the competition with...
Commissioners voted 3-2 at their Jan. 5 meeting not to pay a bill the county recently received from the Luverne Fire Department. This is the first time a $750 bill for a fire call was presented for payment to the county. On Oct. 9, 2015, the Luverne Fire Department responded to a grass fire in the...

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