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All nine living members of the original fire department formed in 1964 were present at the picnic. The group includes, from left, Dave Montbriand, Henry “Bud” Lentz, Norm Rehder, Loren Croone, Howard LaVenture, Lyle Wood, Bob Orf, Ben George and Charles Kersten. (Submitted photo)

St. Joe Fire Department marks 50 years of service

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The town of St. Joseph volunteer Fire Department has been around since 1964 and observed its 50th anniversary with a picnic on July 26 at the fire station on the corner of county roads E and V.


Current Fire Chief Ron Burton is proud of the fact that all nine living members of the original fire department were present at the picnic.

Burton is the longest standing current fireman, having been in the St. Joseph roster for 30 years, and chief since 1996.

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Doug Stohlberg
Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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