Updated: 05/12/2014 2:24 PM
Created: 06/02/2013 10:42 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
A small community got together Sunday to help out Barnes fire victims and firefighters affected by the Germann Road Fire.
About 200 people showed up for a benefit at RC's Decoy Inn. There was a barbeque, raffles and a sundae bar. All money raised will be donated to fire victims and firefighters.
The idea for an event started with Stephen Vanderburg.
"It's overwhelming," Vanderburg said. "It touches me right here what these people do in a small community like this."
Vanderburg was already planning a BBQ, but last weekend him and few others decided to make it a benefit. Several families lost their homes in Barnes, including Fire Captain Deanna Glinski.
"It was our first home together," Glinski said. "We have four kids. So, it was a big disappointment."
While Glinski's home was destroyed, she was thinking of others when the fire was burning.
"My fire chief asked if I was okay and I said, 'Yep, where we going next?'" Glinski said. "It's very touching that this many people care about people they barely know."
If you want to donate to people affected by the wildfires last month, send a check to State Bank of Drummond. A Northern Wisconsin Wildfire Fund is set up there.
Murder Charge Filed in Iron Range Death
A second-degree murder charge has been filed against a Hibbing man for allegedly killing his roommate and then burning the body in an old mine pit. Dylan Bernard Gilbertson, 19, appeared in court on Tuesday.
Former Mayor Don Ness Takes Administrator Job at Duluth College
Duluth's former mayor Don Ness will take on an administrative leadership role at Lake Superior College. College President Patrick Johns is making the announcement Tuesday morning at a news conference on campus.
Foss Lake Fire Now 55 Percent Contained
The Foss Lake Fire, which has been burning west of Ely since last week, is now 55 percent contained. The fire has burned 1,015 acres north of Foss Lake, mostly in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
House Measure Supports Shippers on Ballast Water Dumping
A plan gaining support in Congress would set a nationwide policy for treating ballast water dumped from cargo ships. The shipping industry favors it, but environmentalists say it would open the door to more invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels.
Ashland County Authorities Investigate Fatal Crash
Authorities say one person is dead after a single-vehicle crash on US Highway 2 in the Town of Sanborn early Tuesday morning. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.