GF News Forward: Manvel students fight fires, Altru ends hospice services, sunken vehicle found

Herald reporters cover events on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Journalist Pamela Knudson stood by as Tatiana Coleman, a third-grader at Manvel Public School, had the opportunity to operate a fire extinguisher for the first time on Friday, Sept. 11, under the watchful eye of Neil Nowatzki, chief of the Manvel Volunteer Fire Department.

“It was easy,” Tatiana said.

“It was easy for me, too," said Monte Yost, a classmate in Carley Dub’s class. “My grandpa is a firefighter in Minnesota -- in Mahnomen."

Knudson writes about Nowatzki and several other volunteers in the fire department, who were on hand to teach lessons on fire safety to the school’s K-8 students.

Freelance journalist Sam Easter will report on Altru Health System, which is handing over hospice operations to Hospice of the Red River Valley, a move that comes after a year of financial tumult and shifting strategy at the health care company.


Reporter Brad Dokken writes about a mystery that has been solved: For the past decade or more, the whereabouts of a vehicle and boat trailer that ended up at the bottom of the Red River after a mishap at the Hastings Landing boat ramp is now known.

Look for these stories and more online and in print throughout the weekend.

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