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Nowthen Citizen Spotlights

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Fire Fighter

Fire Fighter Steve Lundeen retires

Officially at 1159 hrs on  Monday, November 20th, 2023 Fire Fighter Steve Lundeen is retired.  We had to update this announcement from his Sunday retirement because the guy only lasted about 12 hours in retirement before attending another call (which emphasizes the quote below).  Steve started his fire career in March of 2010 with Ramsey Fire.  Steve was a charter member of the Nowthen Fire Department and an integral part of the creation of NFD.  Whether he knows it or not his experience and knowledge assisted with fixing pager problems county wide when the new ones came out.  He was an asset and leader on any scene and his ability to attend calls whether day/night/weekend will be missed.  One of our most respected firefighters wanted to add that, "The one thing that really sticks out other than he was funny about Beaver is he truly tried to make every call. He never dogged the numbers he just went to everything he could."  Let it be known that Firefighter Steve Lundeen served his communities, his fire departments, and his fellow firefighters proud.  Although you will be missed, it is with celebration that we officially retire badge #6 from the Nowthen Fire Department.  Badge #6 is clear and out of service.  It will never be issued to anyone else.  We thank you for your dedication to the City of Nowthen.


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Nowthen Resident breaks two World Records!

Nowthen resident and teacher Travis Gienger's 2,749 pound pumpkin sets a new world record as the heaviest pumpkin ever grown! 

To read more, click here.

The pumpkin was transformed into the world's largest Jack O'Lantern. Food Network champion Eric Jones carved a stunning creation honoring the military and veterans. Read more HERE

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Citizen Award

Nowthen Fire Department presents first ever Citizens Award to Keith Elliott of Zimmerman, MN

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On April 13th of 2023, Mr. Keith Elliott was traveling through the city of Nowthen when he noticed a smoke and fire in the area of 190th Ave NW. Mr. Elliot promptly dialed 911 to notify dispatch of a house fire at the location of 9180 190th Ave NW.

In addition to reporting the event to dispatch, Mr. Elliott courageously and quickly assessed the situation and discovered a garden hose. Mr. Elliott began to fight the fire with the garden hose and was successfully able to stop the fire from progressing further, undoubtedly saving the home from catastrophic and significant damage and loss.


Mr. Elliott accepted the award from Fire Chief Schmidt and Mayor Pilon; however, he stated the real heroes are the first responders, fire fighters, sheriff’s deputies, and police officers.

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