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2013 Alexandria Fire Department Explorers ranked 4th at the Governor's Fire Prevention Day on August 23, 2013. Explorers Nick Partington, Max Jacobson, Jaylen Olson-Rodel, Riley Steidl, Capt. Kendon Koep, Mitch Roers, Quinton Nienaber and Logan Steidl posed for a group photo at the Minnesota State Fair. (Contributed)

AFD Explorers extinguish 20 teams at state fair

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If you can't stand the heat...you're not an Explorer.

As the sun blasted Minnesota State Fairgoers in 90 plus degree temperatures, Alexandria Fire Department Explorers suited up in firefighter gear in the intense heat to execute and excel in skills tests. The 2013 AFD Explorers earned fourth place in the 15th annual Governor's Fire Prevention Day Explorer competition in St. Paul.

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Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow said the group far exceeded his expectations.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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