Goodhue fire chief dies in tractor accident; Saturday procession, funeral planned


A southeastern Minnesota community is mourning the loss of its fire chief.

The Goodhue Fire Department posted about Mike Kehren's death on its Facebook page Tuesday, thanking him for his years of service.

KTTC reports the 58-year-old was killed around 1:49 a.m. Monday in a tractor accident after the annual Wanamingo Fireman's Dance.

He was not married at the time of his death, and has three sons, the fire department says.

Kehren was on the tow bar between two hay wagons that were carrying people after the dance when he fell off. He was run over by the second wagon, and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Republican Eagle says.

Dick Banidt, a fire captain and lifelong friend of Kehren's, told the Rochester Post Bulletin the "whole town is in shock."

The morning after his death, the flag outside the fire department was lowered and a large banner was hung, reading "RIP Chief Kehren."


Kehren was chief for about eight years, having joined the the department in 1993, the Post Bulletin says. People who knew him described him as a good friend, a good leader, intelligent and a "real character," the paper says.

Kehern was also a school board member, Lions Club member and active in the local snowmobile club, according to a Minnesota Fire Service Funeral Notification.

All firefighters welcome at his funeral

A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Goodhue Public School, with a procession and graveside service immediately following, the notification says.

A visitation will be Friday from 3-8 p.m.

The Minnesota Fire Service says all firefighters are welcome to come and support the family, while celebrating Kehren's life.

There will be a Sea of Uniforms starting at the public school in the morning, followed by a procession to the cemetery. Read this release for more details about how to attend.

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