Tricounty News

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.

 

Car crash in Rockville Township June 17

Monday, June 17, at 8:14 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a crash involving a mini van and a farm RoGator on County Road 2 east 133rd Avenue in Rockville Township. The 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by Lucille Gertken, age 73 of Richmond, was trying to pass the RoGator farm implement driven by Clinton Rausch, 36 of Watkins, both traveling northeast on County Road 2. Gertken did not realize that the RoGator was making a left turn onto a driveway before she proceeded to pass. As Gertken was making this pass, she collided with the RoGator 2011 model 994. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Rausch was not injured in the accident, and Gertken was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Cold Spring Police Department, Rockville Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance.. 

Local crime blotters June 20, 2013

Watkins crime blotter (Meeker County Sheriff’s Office)

There were 44 calls in May 2013 in Watkins. These included 6 public assists, 5 suspicious persons/vehicles, 4 thefts, 3 animal complaints, 3 vehicle unlocks, 2 reports of child abuse/maltreatment; 2 civil complaints, 2 warrants, and one each of the following: alarms, agency assists, 1 domestic call, 1 fireworks complaint, 1 hit-and-run, 1 medical call, 1 missing person, 1 property-damage accident, 1 scam report, 1 sex crime offense, 1 stolen vehicle, 1 unwanted individual, and 1 report of a vulnerable adult.

On May 16, 2013, at 6:27 p.m., the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office located and recovered a stolen vehicle at 175 Meeker Avenue South in Watkins. A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, white in color, registered to Kevin Hurrle, age 50, of South Haven was reported stolen on
April 7, in Stearns County.  Upon further investigation, the deputies made contact with the person suspected of stealing the vehicle, Noah Hurrle, age 24, of South Haven, and arrested him for possession of stolen property and a Stearns County warrant for DWI.

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