Skip to main content

Listen: Emotional End of Watch Call for fallen firefighter Beaver Hlinsky, who was killed in bar assault

Hundreds gathered in Forada for the 46 year old's funeral Saturday.

Hundreds of fellow firefighters and loved ones gathered to pay their final respects to Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky on Saturday.

The 46-year-old father and volunteer Forada firefighter died last Sunday, eight days after he was assaulted outside the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill.

More than 600 mourners attended his funeral Saturday, including representatives for numerous other fire departments, whose engines rode in convoy before filling the parking lot outside the Alexandria Covenant Church.

Today's Top Stories

– Dayton vetoes freeway protest bill.

– Man dies after crashing into tractor.

– Sign up for our daily newsletters.

Among the many emotional moments on the day is this recording of the final page for Hlinsky from the local fire dispatcher.

"End of watch, May 13, 2018," it says. "On behalf of the city of Forada, the Forada Fire Department, and the first responders, we thank you for your 28 years of dedicated service.

"Your legacy will live on. We've got it from here, Beaver."

Among those who shared memories at the funeral were Hlinsky's children, Dominic and Abby.

KSTP reports that Dominic said his father – with whom he'd been farming since 2013 – was a hero who touched many lived and was loved by the community.

A family friend read a eulogy from Abby, who said he "never gave up on her and was always there for support."

Two men were charged with manslaughter over their involvement in Hlinsky's death on Friday.

They are alleged to have goaded him at the Forada Bar, blowing marijuana smoke in his face, and when he tried to escort one of them out of the bar, they attacked.

Next Up


Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Charges reveal what sparked brutal assault that killed firefighter

Steven 'Beaver' Hlinsky died eight days after the assault.

Family grieves for mother and daughter killed in Duluth crash

They were killed by a suspected drunk driver, who also died.

Unstable man attacks firefighters, sets house on fire

He then climbed onto the roof of a burning building.

Family IDs innocent man killed in crash with fleeing suspect

Lashay Whittaker died in the incident Friday night.

Stunning response to fire department's plea to help displaced family

The McQuillan family lost everything in a house blaze.


Off-duty volunteer firefighter saves double amputee from house fire

The 38-year-old was on his way to work when he saw the flames.

Mother of boy tragically killed in sledding accident pays beautiful tribute

The 7 year old was injured at a Boy Scouts camp in Wisconsin.

Father dies days after bar assault near Alexandria

It happened at the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada.