Weather Forecast


DNR equipment shortage


December’s warm temperatures and scarcity of snow have prolonged the fire season for DNR foresters and posed occasional equipment shortages that have had to be overcome.

Wednesday’s grass fire in the South Long Lake area (about 10 miles south of Brainerd) was one example. The blaze burned two to three acres in a mostly wooded and swamp area off a farm field, setting a stack of hay bales on fire.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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