A fire ripped through Cross-Tech Manufacturing in Crosslake Minn. March 6, 2014. Firefighters were alerted by alarms in the plant. The fire was quickly through the roof on the plant's older section. Firefighters were able to shut a fire door and save a recent building addition. The roof on the older section collapsed. About 40 to 50 firefighters from six lakes area fire departments helped battle the blaze. Smoke shrouded the area. Water sources included nearby natural water bodies. Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller said about 30,000 gallons of water went into fighting the fire.
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Church Community Helps Rebuild Home - Brainerd Dispatch, MN
A 60-year-old north Brainerd woman desperately needed help, a church member said — even though she didn't realize it.
For years, the woman lived in conditions that were unsafe and hazardous to her health, Curt Neumann, Brainerd Christian Fellowship member, said. She lived with garbage stacked up 4-feet high along the walls, as well as shared living quarters with 42 cats. The unlivable conditions got worse as the years passed to where the woman was unable to use the bathroom facilities.
The Brainerd woman experienced a medical condition of some kind that occurred before Thanksgiving Day at her home. Her boss, who had planned to pick her up for work that day, found her and took her to the Brainerd hospital. That was the day where her boss; Pastor George Cahoon of Brainerd Christian Fellowship and his wife Elsie; and Neumann decided it was time they help her. The woman also is a member of the fellowship church.
It was at that moment, Neumann said that, "We are not going to allow her to live here. It would have killed her."
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