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Gas Prices Climb Partly Due To Canadian Wildfires

When the price of gas jumps like it has in the last week you tend to wonder what's the reason behind it.   It turns out that our 15-20 cent jump per gallon of gas could have to do with the Canadian Wildfires.

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Getty Images News
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A Forecast Full of Nicer Weather Means Increased Risk of Wildfires

Even though we had a pretty cold and wet April, it only takes a short run of clear skies and warmer weather to dry out dead grass, which can ignite and burn rapidly.

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HTD via YouTube
HTD via YouTube
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Watch These Amazing Match Chain Reaction Videos! [VIDEO]

I stumbled on some pretty cool videos of match chain reactions.  The first is pretty simple but pretty amazing.  It's just a chain reaction of 6000 matches lighting.  The sound is unbelievable.  After that I found some more incredible designs as well.  Check them out!

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Minnesota DNR Urges Caution When Burning Vegetative Debris This Fall

With leaves, grass and brush piling up in yards across the Northland, burning season is pretty much here.  With that being said, the Department of Natural Resources reminds Minnesotans to be careful this fall when burning vegetative debris.

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Ken Hayes
Ken Hayes
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Duluth Fire Department Responds To Vehicle Fire, Traffic Backed Up On Mesaba Avenue at Noon

What looks to be an apparent vehicle fire occurred near the Coppertop Church around noon today. The Duluth Fire Department was on scene and had the fire put out, but as you can see in the vehicle it was still smoking. 

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Getty Images News
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Air Pollution Warning Expanded to Include All of Minnesota

You've probably noticed the haze in the air lately, especially on what should be bright, sunny days.  There was hope that the rain earlier today would help knock out the pollution being caused by Canadian wildfires, but that was not the case.

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Old Dryer Vent / Ken Hayes
Old Dryer Vent / Ken Hayes
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Do You Have One Of These Flexible Dryer Vents in Your Home? Clean It!

We bought a new washer and dryer a while ago, and it was a good time to check the dryer vents to make sure they are clean.  Lint sometimes gets caught up and it doesn't take long to really become a problem. 

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Sawyer CountyRecord on YouTube
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Original Famous Dave’s Restaurant in Hayward Burns Down

Shocking news this morning that the original Famous Dave's restaurant on Round Lake near Hayward Wisconsin has burned to the ground.  The fire was reported around 4:30 am this morning (November 3, 2014).

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Former Babbitt Fire Chief Charged With Setting Fires Doesn’t Report To Prison, Gets Extension

It's been a pretty bizarre story from the beginning.   A young father who was the volunteer fire chief in Babbitt MN set wildfires between 2010 and 2012.  He claims stress from his newborn son caused him to set the fires.  He was sentenced to 5 years in a federal prison, but didn't report yesterday as he was originally required.

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Hibbing Park Hotel Fire
Photo Credit: Don Monroe
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Fire Causes $20,000 In Damages At The Hibbing Park Hotel

Last night I got a emergency text that several Iron Range firefighters were battling a fire that was in progress at the Hibbing Park Hotel.  I immediately contacted my friend Don, who is a photographer, to check it out.

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Ken hayes
Ken hayes
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How To Make Your Campfire Flames Turn Blue, Green, & Other Colors Safely [VIDEO]

This is a little trick my family has been using for years.  If you enjoy a campfire, spice things up a bit and make it change some crazy colors.  It'll be something you'll want to show your friends next time you are camping!

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Duluth Fire Department Provides Simple Safety Tips After Respondsing to Two House Fires Due to Clothes Dryers

Thank you to our busy Duluth Fire Department.  Yesterday they responded to over 30 different incidents.  Three of which were structure fires.  To note and the reason for my blog is that two of those structure fires calls were two hours apart and both were due to clothes dryers. Thankfully the damage was not extreme, but it does prompt the Duluth Fire Department to ensure we have access to simple tips to keep our home, family and belongings safe.

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