The DFL endorsement convention Saturday didn't go very well for anyone -- it did, after all, end in an endorsement-less pizza party -- but Gary Schiff suffered a particularly difficult day, losing his campaign manager and one of his most influential supporters. In a surprising move, the Minneapolis ... More >>
The Minneapolis Fire Department's overtime costs skyrocketed in 2012 from the year prior, landing at just under $2 million by the end of December, according to city records. That's about $900,000 more than 2011 -- a year when city councilmembers criticized then-Chief Alex Jackson for the departmen ... More >>
See Also: Minneapolis fire union calls on Rybak to restore staffing levels COVER: Man Down A few days ago, we published excerpts from a letter penned by Minneapolis fire union president Mark Lakosky, who blames budget cuts for the recent on-duty injuries of five fire fighters. In the letter, Lak ... More >>
City Council dumps controversial fire dept board-up program COVER: Man Down Minneapolis fire union president Mark Lakosky is putting fire fighter injuries at the door step of Mayor R.T. Rybak. In a recent letter published on E-Democracy, Lakosky blames Rybak for years of fire fighter cuts, arguing ... More >>
See Also: Minneapolis Fire Dept. board-up program lost $281,977 in 11 months Cover: Man Down The Minneapolis City Council is dissolving a controversial program that tasked on-duty fire fighters with boarding up homes and buildings around the city. Implemented in fall 2010, the council predicted ... More >>
In a statement released late this morning, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan announced that as of 2013, he will no longer serve as the city's top cop "I have given notice to Mayor R.T. Rybak that I will not be seeking a third term when my current term as Chief expires in January of next year," he ... More >>
Lawrence Anthony Wajda Jr., a veteran Minneapolis firefighter, was charged with possession of methamphetamine Wednesday after police found .5 grams of the drug with him at work. Wadja, who has worked at the department for more than 20 years, faces felony fifth-degree drug possession. "It's unfortu ... More >>
John Fruetel will succeed former fire chief Alex Jackson, who retired earlier this year amid criticism. John Fruetel, a longtime Minneapolis firefighter, was officially appointed to chief of the department today after a unanimous vote from the City Council. The appointment of Fruetel (that's ... More >>
St. Anthony Parkway can't handle the weight of a rig anymore.Minneapolis firefighters just got word that they can no longer drive rigs down the St. Anthony Parkway Bridge, which connects north and northeast Minneapolis. As if this wasn't troubling enough, that now makes three bridges unusable f ... More >>
At 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning first responders were dispatched to 4625 Nichols Road after there were reports of a fire. When they arrived on the scene, the Eagan fire department discovered the exterior deck area of Caspers' Cherokee Sirloin Room engulfed in flames.The family-owned restaurant is kno ... More >>
Fire Chief Alex Jackson will present the data to a City Council committee today.A program designed to turn a profit for the cash-strapped Minneapolis Fire Department has been bleeding money since it launched last October, according to city data. Fire Chief Alex Jackson will report to City Counci ... More >>
The cuts will informally lower minimum daily staffing from 96 to 93.The already-diminished Minneapolis Fire Department is about to get even smaller. Thirteen firefighters found out yesterday morning that they are being cut from the department, effective next month. Three will be forced into reti ... More >>
Samuels says Forte is leaving on his own terms.By Adam TurmanRocco Forte, the oft-controversial former Minneapolis fire chief, is leaving his administrative position with the city. City Councilmember Don Samuels says Forte is resigning from his current job, which entails managing the city's ... More >>
Karen Leuders sang Christmas carols while her husband tried to communicate with a 911 dispatcher.Police have released a recording of the 911 call that Willard Leuders placed after his wife, Karen, bit off a chunk of his tongue late Monday night in Sheboygan. It's not an exaggeration to say ... More >>
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St. Paul's bravest want to kick their chief to the curb
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A depleted Minneapolis fire department looks for money
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The politicians, the firefighters' union, and the politics of blame
Some hailed firefighters Julie Tossey and Kathleen O'Connor as symbols of a new era in gender equality in St. Paul. But others--including their own union--wanted to see their dreams go up in smoke.
911 operators answer the phone 1,000 times a night. But what if the line goes down?