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The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house fire in rural Nessel Township Monday afternoon, only to find it was deputy Nate Fisher’s home.

CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. — The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is working to support a deputy who recently lost his home and K9 partner in a devastating house fire.

According to a post on the county sheriff’s Facebook page, authorities responded to a house fire at deputy Nate Fisher’s home Monday afternoon in rural Nessel Township, where they found the home completely engulfed in flames.

Fisher’s K9 partner Kyro was inside the home at the time of the fire and was killed along with the family’s two other dogs.

Chisago County deputies escorted Kyro to a local animal hospital Monday night in Arden Hills where the K9 was prepared for a proper goodbye. Kyro would have been two years old on December 28.

“We are forever grateful for K9 Deputy Kyro’s service, and he will not be forgotten,” the post read.

“They made a phenomenal team,” said Sargent Jim Mott. “It goes to show that not only are we here for our community, but our community is actually here for us as well.”

In addition to tragically losing their family pets, the Fisher’s home and belongings were destroyed.

A GoFundMe page set up by the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Foundation to support the Fisher family has raised more than $81,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Heather and Nate work tirelessly for their community, family and friends. They are always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. From Nate’s long-time commitment to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office to Heather’s endless work and volunteer efforts … the Fishers are the kind of people that all of us who know them well aspire to be,” the fundraiser said.

The Fisher family was not home when the fire was discovered, officials said, and deputy Fisher, his wife and children are all OK.

In an update posted Tuesday, GoFundMe organizer Laurie Blank wrote that “Nate and Heather are so very thankful and humbled by your generous support, thoughts and prayers. They are sending much love and gratitude your way. They have a safe place to stay right now and will update when they’ve had a chance to process this horrific event.”

An account has been set up for the family at Frandsen Bank & Trust. You can drop off donations at any Frandsen Bank & Trust location.

You can also send letters to the Fisher family at the following address:

Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Foundation
P.O. Box 303
Center City MN 55012

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Flooded roads slow St. Paul drivers

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A Flash Flood Watch was issued for parts of the metro through early afternoon.

MINNEAPOLIS — A cloudburst over the Twin Cities reminded drivers to slow down on Sunday morning. 

Flooding was reported on several roads in St. Paul and West St. Paul. MnDOT traffic cameras showed water over the road on I-35E near the 7th Street Exit. 

In West St. Paul, KARE 11’s cameras caught water flowing over Oakdale Avenue between Wentworth Avenue and Mendota Road. Public Works officials said construction in the area led to storm drain blockages. 

Two vehicles were towed. 


Other posters on social media shared videos of flooded roads around West St. Paul. 

Just before 11 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Dakota and Ramsey Counties, including St. Paul, Maplewood, Eagan and other neighboring communities until 12:45 p.m. 

The storms dumping rain on the metro are forecasted to clear out by Sunday afternoon. Wet weather will stay in the forecast through Tuesday. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation warns drivers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” on flooded roads. Six inches of water will reach the undercarriage of most vehicles and can cause stalling. As little as a foot of water will float many cars and trucks. 

Driving on a closed road can cost you up to $1,000 in fines or 90 days in jail in Minnesota. 





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Local reactions to Biden dropping out of the 2024 race

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Lawmakers posted their well-wishes to the President on Sunday after he announced he would not seek reelection, endorsing VP Kamala Harris.

ST PAUL, Minn — On Sunday, President Joe Biden announced on social media that he would not seek reelection in the 2024 election. Across social media and across the state, reactions poured in. 

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz called President Biden a hero. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar shared a picture of herself and the president. 

In a statement shared with the press, Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin said in part:

“As we thank President Biden for his service and for everything he has done for our country, we must also look ahead to the existential stakes in November. Our party must now rally behind Vice-President Harris and emerge as a united front ready to defeat Donald Trump.”

RELATED: Reactions to Joe Biden dropping out of the presidential race pour in

Minnesota Attorney General Keither Ellison noted that Biden put his country over his personal ambition: 

Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy released the following statement on Sunday: 

“Joe Biden is an extraordinary president. I’m grateful for his investments in our freedom and prosperity. America is strong for his leadership. With a full heart, thank you Mr. President.

Our future rests in our hands, the people of this country. Our fight for our families, communities, our freedom and America’s democracy are the work of this election. I have faith in what we will accomplish when we work together.”

RELATED: No, Kamala Harris will not automatically replace Biden as presidential nominee





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Crews cleaning up after train derails in Big Lake

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On Saturday, 15 cars piled up on the tracks near Big Lake, slowing drivers and canceling trains to Minneapolis.

SHERBURNE COUNTY, Minn. — After a train carrying consumer goods went off the track in Sherburne County, railroad officials said crews are getting closer to clearing away the resulting mess. 

On Sunday, officials with BNSF said Main Track 2 returned to service Sunday morning. They anticipate Main Track 1 will open later on Sunday night. 

For a second day, Metro Transit said the Northstar service to the Twins game at 12: 05 p.m. is canceled. No replacement bus service is available. 

Early on Saturday morning, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office said a BNSF train derailed near 197th Avenue and County Road 14 around 3:15. No injuries were reported and officials said there was no threat to the public. 

Near Big Lake, 172nd Street Northwest was blocked between 197th Avenue and County Road 14. 

RELATED: Train derails in Sherburne County





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