Tricounty News

Motorcycle accident June 16

On June 16, 2013, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and Gold Cross ambulance responded to 650th Avenue and 225th Street for a motorcycle personal injury accident. Chad Savoy, 41-years old, from Dassel, was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson traveling northbound on 650th when he drove off the road and into the ditch, causing the motorcycle to tip over. Chad’s wife, Stephanie Savoy, 43-years old, from Dassel was a passenger on the motorcycle and was taken to the Hutchinson Hospital for minor injuries.

Alcohol was a factor and Chad Savoy was brought to the Meeker County Jail where he is being held for DWI and Criminal Vehicular Operation charges. This crash is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

Slough fire near Lake Francis

Sunday, June 16, 2013, at 12:31 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Kimball Fire Department, and Dassel Fire Department responded to a report of a slough on fire across the road from 32706 742nd Avenue, near Lake Francis. The fire was believed to be caused by a compost pile that was on the edge of the slough that possibly spontaneously combusted. Approximately 15 to 20 acres of slough grass burned. No structures or buildings were damaged.

 

Kimball Area Fire & Rescue always there for us

Reflecting, perhaps at times, in our busy, event-filled daily rituals, we become all-encompassed on our personal undertakings, while taking perhaps, things which we don’t even consider, for granted. That’s certainly not a crime. It’s simply humans being humans. But just as the familiar cliché states, “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”… maybe we should consider that, we don’t know what we have until it’s there … as in the case of our volunteer fire department; the Kimball Area Fire & Rescue Department. The thankless efforts of the brave men and women, who stand guard, 24-7, for the assurance of our safety and goodwill, are at times, unintentionally overlooked. These are the friends and relatives who walk among and with us, who join us in our church worships, school functions, business ventures, and playground frolics. These are the people in our communities who always have our backs, and seem to have the rare gift and ability to put others’ well-being ahead of their own. Therefore, it is this reporter’s intention to enlighten all on just a touch of what resides behind the Kimball Area Fire & Rescue Department’s doors.

Fire Chief John Gohmann is devoted to his profession and remains grateful to all of his volunteers. “Currently, we have a staff of 24 dedicated and excellent volunteers, and we are in the process of recruiting more.” Following is a sampling of the immediate inventory, accompanied by noteworthy facts and figures.

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Railroad safety: Respect the power, mind the rules

Canadian Pacific Railroad links our communities with much of North America. While rail transport is safe and economical, accidents happen when people ignore safety rules and trespassing laws. Last summer, Nicholas Phillipp lost his life in a game of “chicken” with the train. All hope that there never is another needless tragedy. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.

 

Canadian Pacific Railroad links our communities with much of North America. While rail transport is safe and economical, accidents happen when people ignore safety rules and trespassing laws. Last summer, Nicholas Phillipp lost his life in a game of “chicken” with the train. All hope that there never is another needless tragedy. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.

 

About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. That statistic became a reality last summer when 21-year-old Nicholas Phillipp lost his life on the railroad
W-IMG 5611tracks in Eden Valley Aug. 11, 2012.

Phillipp and three others were playing “chicken” on the tracks, laying down and then suddenly getting up and running. The three others ran to safety. So did Phillipp, until he decided to run to the other side of the tracks. 

He nearly made it to join his friends on the other side. But, with trains, “nearly” can be fatal.

Phillippi was struck and killed by a Canadian Pacific train heading westbound. It was about 3:30 a.m.

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Climbing accident at Quarry Park

Thursday, June 13, at about 2:29 p.m., Sara Jane Dusbabek of Ramsey was at Quarry Park in Waite Park doing rock climbing. Dusbabek, age 40, was ascending a rock wall and fell about 15 feet to the bottom of the quarry. She had to be lifted out of the quarry by St. Cloud and Waite Park Fire Department. She was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. Dusbabek has had previous climbing experience and was climbing with her daughter at the time.