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A case for fire districts

With this past Minnesota legislative session over, cities both large and small once again saw reductions in Local Government Aid as well as reductions in the Market Value Homestead Credit. This may repeat itself again next year and we fear even g...

With this past Minnesota legislative session over, cities both large and small once again saw reductions in Local Government Aid as well as reductions in the Market Value Homestead Credit. This may repeat itself again next year and we fear even greater reductions will occur.

The Cloquet Area Fire District was formed due to the diligence of the elected officials from Perch Lake Township and the city of Cloquet. Representatives from both governing bodies spent 18 months in a countywide study and many hours in meetings with others to develop a new way of providing service. Everyone knew that this change had to occur. The elected officials of these two communities should be congratulated for their courage in this venture.

The Cloquet Area Fire District is the first true Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) District in the state of Minnesota. We have spent thousands of hours establishing a quality organization, which provides an effective, cost efficient service to our citizens. This includes training fire

ighters and EMS personnel to a greater level and making the tools available to do the job in a safer manner.

As a citizen it is your duty to ask the questions that need to be asked. In all honesty things are the way they are because we allowed that to happen. How many meetings conducted by your elected officials have you attended, whether city, township, or county? Have you done your homework?

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Our Fire District is currently in the process of meeting with elected officials from the Scanlon City Council. These are your representatives, they are doing their due diligence and they should be thanked. If our efforts come to fruition, the city of Scanlon will most likely become a member community of the Fire District on Jan. 1. A public meeting will be held in July with the citizens of Scanlon to discuss this and answer questions.

We know that over time this district will eventually provide service to many of the surrounding communities as they become member communities. That transition will most likely happen at a one community per year rate. Based on our history, it takes about six to nine months for this process to occur. By September 2010 we should be ready to begin

the process of working cooperatively with another community.

Ask your elected officials, should our community be next? Hopefully, you believe it should.

Jim Langenbrunner,

Cloquet Area Fire District Chief

Bob DeCaigny,

Cloquet Area Fire District Board Chairman

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