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Rushmore purchases ‘new-to-us’ rescue truck from Nebraska community

This 1995 truck for the Rushmore Fire Department and Rescue was purchased in 2013 to replace its 1986 rescue van. The truck was found via an Internet search and purchased from the city of Harvard, Neb. (Submitted photo)

RUSHMORE — What is a small community to do when their rescue equipment is rapidly aging and becoming outdated?

Well, if you’re a member of the Rushmore Fire Department and Rescue, you start by looking for grant money for a new rescue vehicle. Guess what — no grant money for Rushmore. Well, let’s start by doing some fundraising and looking for a used rescue vehicle to replace our 1986 rescue van. Boy, even the used rescues are out of our price range.

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Time to get creative. Let’s check out Craigslist on the Internet. After much searching, our fire department found a retired rescue truck from Nebraska at a price we could afford. It was road trip time. A few members of the fire department went to Harvard, Neb., to check out the 1995 rescue truck and came back to report to the Rushmore Council that they’d found the right vehicle for us.

With donations and funds raised during the Rushmore Fire Department Breakfast hosted in April and the Ribs and Ribs fundraiser in Adrian, the Rushmore Fire Department was able to retire our rescue van and add a “new -to-us” rescue truck to our fleet. The truck gives the department more space for its rescue equipment and gives it room to safely transport more fire department members to rescue calls.

In another news item in the community, the city of Rushmore was awarded a grant in 2012 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to provide housing repair for single family homeowners and landlords through the Small Cities Development Program. The SCDP program for Rushmore started in August 2012 and ended Dec. 31, 2013.

— Submitted by City of Rushmore Clerk/Treasurer Colleen Gruis.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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