Tricounty News

Kimball Fire Department rolls out new rescue truck

The Kimball Fire Department is anxiously awaiting the arrival of its new rescue truck, which is scheduled for delivery July 29. Completely outfitted with all of the necessary medical equipment, the 2013 1-ton Dodge truck was purchased from AM Maus and Son of Kimball, and it features a mounted Wheeled-Coach Box. The funds for this truck are derived from gambling dollars and donations which total $84,000. The remaining $10,000 will come from the City of Kimball, Maine Prairie Township, Kingston Township and Fairhaven Township, for a total cost of $94,000. This truck will go on an average of 130 calls a year, as it responds to almost all the calls received by the department. Fire Chief John Gohmann is excited and very appreciative of the citizens’ generosity. “We received about $7,000 so far in donations, and anyone donating more than $100 will get their name on a donation plaque. We would love to thank everyone that has donated money to help purchase this truck, and we really appreciate the support we always receive from our community.”


Local crime blotters Aug. 15, 2013

Kingston shed fire

Monday, Aug. 12, at 2:45 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and the Dassel Fire Department responded to 31344 CSAH 19 for a shed fire. The owner, Junice Anderson, age 70, of Kimball had just mowed some grass and then put the mower back in the shed, and a short while later the 8x12-foot gardening shed burned. The shed and the items consisting of the lawn tractor, two tillers, a sprayer, a pull behind leaf rake, various hand tools and some antiques were a total loss. No one was injured as a result of this fire. The estimated total loss is approximately $8,000, and is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.


Boat crash at Grand Lake

Saturday, Aug. 10, at 2:52 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the address of 11329 Hubert Lane in Cold Spring for a boating crash with injuries on Grand Lake.

Gregory Beckrich was operating a Crestliner boat with his wife Linda and son Michael as passengers. While on Grand Lake, Beckrich’s boat was sideswiped by a 1998 Alumacraft outboard boat owned and driven by Clarence Bloch.

Linda Beckrich was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance and Michael Beckrich was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by his father. Rockville Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office with the accident. It is still under investigation.

Boat accident with injuries Aug. 9

Friday, Aug. 9, at 5:35 p.m.,
Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department, Chain of Lakes Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance were sent to Cedar Island Lake, Wakefield Township, for a watercraft crash with injuries. An Allison runabout was driven by David Hanle, 35, of Becker. David Hanle lost control of the runabout after hitting the wake of a passing boat. The Allison boat veered off course and struck the shoreline. David and the only other occupant, Barbara Hanle, 56 of Richmond, received what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Room by Gold Cross Ambulance for treatment of their injuries. This crash is still under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff.


New car seat recycling program

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will begin accepting child car seats as part of its recycling program. Beginning Aug. 19, Stearns, Benton and Sherburne County residents can drop off their used car seats at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 3601 5th Street South in Waite Park. The program is a partnership between Stearns County, McLeod County and Tri-County Solid Waste. McLeod County will be doing the recycling of the seats, disassembling them and recycling individual components.

Currently, there is no permanent recycling program in place for car seats in this area. Therefore, residents were often left with no option but to throw them in the garbage or they would be passed on to friends and family.

Car seats don’t have a long life span. They are unsafe and should not be used if they have been involved in a vehicle crash or if they are more than six years old.