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First Responder group dissolved; Nisswa firefighters take on duties

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The Nisswa-Lake Shore First Responders group has dissolved, and the Nisswa Fire Department has taken on those first responder duties, fire chief Richard Geike told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

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The former First Responder group transferred $17,418.75 to the fire department. The department has 24 firefighters and all are First Responders. They are still determining how to organize who responds to calls, Geike said.

In December, firefighters were called to six medicals; two were canceled enroute and firefighters responded to four calls.

Geike said December was busy with the four medical calls and seven fire calls, including a fish house fire, kitchen fire and mutual aid call to Brainerd.

Chuck Dullum is the department’s third captain, in addition to Shawn Bailey and Doug Buehl, and Tim Holmes is assistant chief.

Police calls

In December, police had 142 calls for service, 19 agency assists, eight medicals and seven alarms, issued two criminal citations, 13 traffic citations and 31 traffic warnings, and made one arrest.

In total for 2012, police recorded 2,034 calls for service, 234 agency assists, 40 criminal citations, 245 traffic citations, 763 traffic warnings, 38 arrests, 95 medicals and 93 alarms. Officers recorded 77,763 patrol miles.

Clark Lake Road median crossover

Responding to the city’s request again to keep the Clark Lake Road median crossover open, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) again said it still plans to close that access as part of Highway 371 improvements, the council learned.

In response to concerns about emergency vehicles reaching Clark Lake Road in a timely manner if the median crossover was closed, MnDOT proposed adding an emergency vehicle gravel access 200 feet south of the current median crossover.

First MnDOT asked the city to construct and maintain the gravel access; now MnDOT said it would do so.

The mayor and council members said more talks are needed with MnDOT.

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