Minneapolis Fire Department

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    September 11, 2014

    Vikings VP Lester Bagley's Minneapolis Home Reportedly Damaged by Attempted Arson

    On Tuesday morning, a Lake of the Isles-area home on the 1800 block of Irving Ave. S. was damaged by "a possible arson," as Minneapolis Fire Department spokesperson Chérie Penn tells us.Penn says that's all she knows about the incident. But KSTP, citing police sources, reports that the home belongs ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Toddler falls from 11th floor of Cedar-Riverside apartment building

    Just after 7:30 p.m. yesterday, a 1-year-old boy fell from the 11th floor of an apartment building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.The toddler was rushed to the hospital. Reached for comment this afternoon, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder had no update on his condition, but th ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Karmel Square Somali shopping mall in south Mpls partially collapses [PHOTOS]

    Around 8:45 this morning, a third-floor addition under construction at the Karmel Square shopping mall at 2910 Pillsbury Ave. in south Minneapolis collapsed, knocking out power in the area and resulting in the evacuation of about 25 people from the building. No injuries were reported.The shopping ma ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Fire breaks out in University of Minnesota parking ramp [PHOTOS]

    -- Updates at bottom -- Smoke was seen billowing out out of the top floor of the patient and visitor parking ramp at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on the East Bank of campus early this afternoon.Here's a couple photos of the fire shared by witnesses on Twitter:

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Buster's on 28th temporarily closed

    Popular Standish-Ericsson gastropub Buster's on 28th will be closed for renovations until further notice. The solstice storms of last week caused the bar to lose power on Friday night and last Saturday they suffered a damaging fire. See Also:Best Neighborhood Bar 2012: Buster's on 28th

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Gary Schiff loses campaign manager, fire department endorsement

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Minneapolis Fire Dept spent $2 million on overtime in 2012

    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 >>

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    January 12, 2013

    Astronautalis' house in Northeast Minneapolis gutted by fire

    A fire seriously damaged Astronautalis and his roommates' duplex in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday evening. According to Minneapolis Fire Department reports, they responded to a blaze at 1515 Washington Ave. N. found on the structure's back porch at about 7:40 p.m.Although no human injuries were ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    Massive Uptown fire engulfs building near Lake Street and Irving Avenue [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

    :::: SEE ALSO:::: Nicolas Hutchinson, Uptown fire victim, left with clothes he's wearing, phone and computer [INTERVIEW] A house near the Lunds grocery in Uptown is engulfed in flames this morning, prompting traffic to be diverted around intersection of Lake Street and Irving Avenue South.The flames ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Asst. Chief Cherie Penn: Budget cuts didn't cause fire fighter injuries

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Minneapolis fire union calls on Rybak to restore staffing levels

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Minneapolis City Council dumps controversial fire department board-up program

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel: The City Pages entrance interview

    John Fruetel is not walking into an easy situation. As newly appointed Minneapolis fire chief, Fruetel is now the head of a department that has experienced dramatic budget cuts over the years, leaving many firefighters to question whether the city has their best interest in mind. As we reported i ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Lawrence Wajda charged with meth possession in Mpls fire house

    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 >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Minneapolis firefighter victorious in wing-eating competition

    Dan Nalepka, a rig operator for the Minneapolis Fire Department, helped win a charity wing-eating contest at Buffalo Wild Wings in Roseville earlier this week. The "Wing Challenge" event is an annual competition between Minneapolis and St. Paul firefighters designed to raise food donations for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Stevens Square apartment fire: Origin 'undetermined'

    After a weekend-long investigation, the Minneapolis Fire Department has ruled the cause of an apartment fire in Stevens Square "undetermined." According to the department's arson unit, the fire most likely started in the electrical room on the Northwest corner of the building, caused by some sort o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    John Fruetel appointed to chief of Minneapolis Fire Department

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Third bridge closed to Minneapolis firefighters connecting North and Northeast

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Minneapolis Fire Dept. board-up program lost $281,977 in 11 months

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Firefighter describes fighting south Minneapolis church arson

    The fire started in at least three locations.​An abandoned church that burned down Monday morning has been ruled an arson case by the Minneapolis Fire Department. The fire -- which was too advanced for firefighters to extinguish and save the structure by the time they arrived -- appeared to have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Minneapolis firefighter who saved referee to be laid off

    Courtesy Justin Johnson.After three and a half years, Justin Johnson will be let go from the Minneapolis Fire Department.​It was late November, and Justin Johnson was watching a Thanksgiving youth hockey tournament at Braemar Ice Arena, an Edina rink where he worked part time as an EMT. Toward th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Minneapolis cuts 13 firefighters, unofficially lowers daily staffing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Minneapolis fire, police departments face $2.8 million cuts -- at least

    Because the additional cuts come midyear, the departments could have to slice deeper to compensate.​The Minnesota Legislature may have finally passed its overdue budget, but that doesn't mean that anyone has to like it. Following the Legislature's cut of $23 million to Local Government Aid, admi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Minneapolis Fire Dept. board-up plan failing after six months

    If it keeps going at this pace, the program could end up losing the department money.​It's been slightly more than six months since Minneapolis started tasking its on-duty firefighters with boarding up buildings and houses all over the city, and the program is already on track to be a disaster. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Giant plume of smoke rises in Northeast Minneapolis

    Photo: Liz BleyThe mysterious plume.​Concerned downtown Minneapolis worker Liz Bley sent us a photo this morning of what appears to be a giant plume of smoke rising over Northeast Minneapolis. Yikes! We called the fire department to track down the cause, and they said there weren't any fires ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Minneapolis Fire Department would lay off eight under GOP plan

    Years of cuts have already left the department below industry standards.​If Minnesota Senate and House Republicans get their way, the Minneapolis Fire Department is in for even more bad news. Republicans announced a budget proposal yesterday that recommends cutting Local Government Aid to hel ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2010

    Helena Thompson and her Purest Spiritual Pigs

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    November 3, 2010

    Minneapolis Fire Department faces perilous future

    Cuts have left MFD below industry standards

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Heidi's, Blackbird, Patina fire ruled accidental

    Heidi's pretty dining room is with us no longer...​WCCO reports that the Minneapolis Fire Department has officially determined that the grease fire in Heidi's that caused the devastating February 18th blaze at 50th and Bryant was accidental. Restaurants are required to regularly clean--and pho ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009
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    February 9, 2009

    Local firefighter wins Tabasco cook-off

    Minneapolis firefighter's Tabasco recipe wins her $10,000.

  • News

    July 30, 2008

    RNC protestors swarm ceremony, disrupt meeting

    Council members get served, but demonstrator gets arrested

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2006

    MFD: This space still for rent

    Just two years ago, the Minneapolis Fire Department drew some criticism for selling advertising space on its trucks as a potential revenue generator. The criticism passed, but apparently the need for money didn't: The contract is likely to be renewed soon.

  • News

    June 1, 2005

    Stubbed Out

    Despite hefty losses, Minneapolis bar owners can't get anyone to reconsider the smoking ban

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2005

    Like paper in fire

    Like paper in fire: Effort to stop smoking ban thwarted Last weekend to puff away inside your favorite dive The movement to stop the Minneapolis, Bloomington and Hennepin County smoking bans likely gasped its last breath this afternoon, after Hennepin County District Court Judge John Q. McShane de ... More >>

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    Burnt Out

    A depleted Minneapolis fire department looks for money

  • News

    May 7, 2003

    Fires and Back Drafts

    The politicians, the firefighters' union, and the politics of blame

  • Books

    November 29, 2000

    Case Closed

    A 30-year-old lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis finally grinds to a halt

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    November 17, 1999
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    March 17, 1999
  • Books

    July 8, 1998

    Not His Forte?

    Minneapolis's troubled Fire Department gets a new boss with some old baggage

  • Feature

    July 1, 1998
  • Books

    May 20, 1998

    Turning the Tables

    For 19 years, Larry Blackwell fought other people's discrimination battles. Now he's getting ready for his own.

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    October 29, 1997
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    April 23, 1997
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    April 16, 1997
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    November 13, 1996


    Taking Liberties

    THE MINNESOTA CIVIL Liberties Union's controversial board-packing move last spring--widely regarded as a power grab orchestrated by MCLU founder Matthew Stark and current president Jules Beck--has been condemned as undemocratic by the n

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    July 3, 1996
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    March 6, 1996
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    February 21, 1996
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