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Several departments respond to grass fire

Smoke billows from a Tuesday evening swamp fire behind the residence at 1495 110th St. SE between Watertown and Delano.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A discarded cigarette led to a large grass fire in a swamp between Watertown and Delano Tuesday, according to Watertown Fire Chief Wade Stock.

His department was called to the fire at 1495 110th St. SE in Franklin Township around 4:25 p.m.

Fire departments from Delano, Montrose, Mayer, St. Bonifacius, and Victoria provided mutual aid, as did the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources helicopter.

Smoke from the fire was reportedly visible from as far west as Hutchinson and as far north as Maple Lake, just one indicator of the size of the blaze.

“It was 60.5 acres,” Stock said. “I only know that because the helicopter took GPS footage. It’s hard to tell when you’re standing on the ground. We had the DNR helicopter out there, so it was taking GPS of the whole burn area. They did water drops with it. That’s what put out the majority of it.”

Nearly 70 firefighters responded to the scene, with some going on foot or by ATV to attack the fire with blowers and water, while others parked fire engines on neighboring properties and stood by to protect them.

No injuries, property damage, or property loss was reported.

Stock said the scene was cleared at 7:41 p.m.

He used the incident to remind residents of the current fire risk.

“Everybody just needs to be cautious with the dry conditions out there,” Stock said. “It will be a busy spring until we get rain and things green up. We encourage no burning whatsoever. It wouldn’t take much to get away from you.”

He believes official burn restrictions will be in place soon, noting that the DNR helicopter, based in Princeton, responded to five fire calls Tuesday alone.

Mayer City Council to consider replacement of trees in parks

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council will consider purchase of trees for city parks during its March 27 meeting. Other items on the agenda include approval of a grading agreement for Hidden Creek 7th Addition, and approval of jetting and slip lining sewer projects. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Mayer personnel committee to discuss administrator’s contract

MAYER, MN – Mayer’s personnel committee will meet Monday, March 20 at 6 p.m. The city’s legal counsel, Kelly Dohm, will be present. The first item on the agenda is discussion of the city administrator’s contract. The city council recently decided, on a split vote, not to renew City Administrator Luayn Ruch-Hammond’s contract, which expires May 9.

Other items on the agenda include discussion of public works applicants, scheduling public works interviews, and scheduling the next personnel committee meeting.

Mayer council chooses not to renew city administrator’s contract

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council, following little discussion, chose not to renew City Administrator Luayn Ruch-Hammond’s contract during the Feb. 27 council meeting. The council was split 3-2, with Mayor Mike Dodge and council members Erick Boder and Tice Stieve-McPadden voting against renewing the contract, and council members Nikki McNeilly and Elizabeth Butterfield in favor.

Dodge stated he wants to see the city move in a new direction.

As a result of the action, Ruch-Hammond’s last day will be May 9, which is when her current contract expires.

The council may determine its next steps during a personnel committee meeting March 20, or possibly sooner.

Good times ahead at Hollywood Sports Complex

Head to Hollywood in Watertown for a fabulously fun Friday. Upcoming bands include Up South on Feb. 24; My Famous Friends on March 3; Mitch Gordon on March 10; and DiamondBack on March 17. All acts begin at 9 pm.
For more information, visit or call (952) 955-2424.

Open house at Mayer Lutheran Thursday

SPONSORED POST. Meet and greet, student panel, and tours will be available during the Mayer Lutheran High School open house Thursday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the fine arts lobby of the school.