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City of Lorraine raises funds for new fire station
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Pictured above is the Lorraine Fire Department. They are raising funds to build a larger facility to store trucks. - photo by KAREN LA PIERRE

LORRAINE — There will be a hog feed and street dance starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Lorraine on Main Street to raise money for a new fire station. The band will be "The Classics, and the cost is a free will donation.

There will be food, games, rides on the fire truck for the kids along with the live music. There will also be a raffle for a 40" Sony Bravia LCD television.

Only 200 tickets will be sold at a cost of $10 each. The drawing will be held on Aug. 6. You do not need to be present to win.Tickets can be purchased at Lorraine State Bank, Farmer’s Coop, the fire chief, or they will be available on Aug. 6.

According to Fire Chief Joe Travnichek, a new fire station is needed because trucks built today are too large to fit in the 1950s era facility. The department plans to build the new station next to the old one.

Travnichek said that the Lorraine Fire Department was established in 1937. There are currently 16 volunteers and one EMT. The department covers Lorraine and provides mutual aid to Ellsworth and Rice Counties.

A few years back, the department had a fire truck donated to them, but they had to turn it down because it was too big. The department recently received a donation of another truck and it is currently being stored elsewhere while it is being upgraded to fit the city’s needs.

The group has raised about $14,000 so far, and needs to raise about $47,000 to $52,000. The chief would like to have the funds donated by spring of next year.

"Our biggest need right now is a new building," he said.