Fire, accident calls keep first responders busy


Monticello Fire Department crews and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car fire at 4:22 p.m Saturday, Sept. 21, near the Maytag Laundry at 218 Third St. W. in Monticello. The sheriff’s office reported that a 1997 Pontiac Gran Prix owned and driven by Paul Aanerud, 53, Monticello, was damaged after a fire started in the engine compartment. Monticello Fire Chief Steve Joerg was the first to arrive at the scene of Saturday’s car fire. Firefighters used foam to put out the blaze. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.


Monticello Fire Department crews and the Wright County Sheriff’s office were dispatched at 8:09 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, to a truck fire at the intersection of 90th Street N.E. and Chelsea Road in Monticello. According to the Wright County Sherriff’s Ofifce, the passenger compartment inside a 1992 Chevrolet Kodiak truck owned by Underground Piercing Inc, Rogers, caught fire and the truck burned. The driver of the vehicle, Jonathan Milless, 35, Zimmerman, escaped injury.


The ramp to eastbound Interstate-94 from southbound Highway 25 in Monticello was temporarily closed Tuesday morning when a semi-tractor trailer rolled over and dumped  its load of large paper rolls. According to Sgt. Jessie Grabow with the Minnesota State Patrol, troopers responded to the rollover crash at 9:15 a.m. The driver and owner of the semi, Steven Aakhus, 46, from Wyoming, Minn., was transported by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries to CentraCare Health-Monticello. Grabow confirmed that Aakhus was cited for unsecured load. Burda’s Towing cleared the accident.

(Photos by Tim Hennagir)