DULUTH - Those planning travel to Duluth and the North Shore areas in the coming days and weekend should check before traveling. A state of emergency has been declared in Duluth and Carlton County after more than 9 inches of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning washed out roads, interrupted 911 service, flooded homes and businesses, and forced the evacuation of more than parts of Thomson and the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth. "With today's heavy rainfall the situation in Northeastern Minnesota continues to develop," Kris Eide, director for Minnesota Department of Public Safety Divis
Last year in Minnesota, 52 people lost their lives in fires. Another 144 were injured seriously enough to require transport or treatment by fire department responders -- and we don't even know how many suffered less threatening injuries caused by preventable fires or accidents. We do know that most fire deaths and burn injuries take place at home. That clearly means we need to do a better job of educating ourselves and our children about fire safety and burn prevention. Oct. 4-10 was Fire Prevention Week in Minnesota.