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Nisswa students help Smokey Bear celebrate his 70th birthday

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Nisswa Elementary School students helped Smokey Bear celebrate his 70th birthday Thursday, May 1, when the bear known for saying, “Only you can prevent wildfires,” along with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) personnel and Nisswa firefighters, visited the school.

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The DNR’s Mark Mortensen provided free trees to each student, and other DNR personnel showed students the truck and tools they use to fight grassfires.

Firefighters had a truck and also demonstrated tools they use as firefighters.

A helicopter used for fire suppression landed in the school field as well.

The school provided cake in recognition of Smokey Bear’s birthday.

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