Minnesota's flags to fly at half-staff Sunday in honor of fallen firefighters


Flags across Minnesota will fly at half-staff on Sunday as the state remembers its fallen firefighters.

They'll be lowered on the orders of Gov. Mark Dayton, who has declared Sept. 27 Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.

According to Dayton's proclamation, all U.S. and Minnesota flags will remain at half-staff at state and federal properties from sunrise to sunset.

Meanwhile, around 1,000 people will gather for a memorial ceremony at the capitol grounds in St. Paul to honor all the men and women who have died serving Minnesota's fire departments, the Pioneer Press says.

The paper says the descendants of firefighters who died in the line of duty as long ago as 1900 will be on hand to receive flags on behalf of the fallen.

According to the Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association, 210 firefighters have lost their lives on the job since 1881, where the organization's records start.

That includes two who died this year – Rice Lake Volunteer FD veteran Randy Hiti in February, and Shane Clifton in St. Paul last month.

Hiti suffered a "medical issue" while responding to a call, and Clifton had a "massive heart attack" while on duty at his station.

Minnesota's Fallen Firefighter Memorial Day has its roots in the days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, when then-Preisdent George W. Bush signed legislation ordering all flags at federal buildings and grounds lowered to half-staff, Dayton's proclamation says.

Since then, it has been a national tradition observed every year, with Minnesota creating its own version in 2009.

Former classmates honor Clifton

On Saturday night, Clifton's former classmates at South St. Paul High School honored the fallen firefighter at their 20th high school reunion, KSTP reports.

They created a memorial with a pair of boots and photos. Classmates also plan to start a scholarship in memory of the four students in their class who have died, the news station notes.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.55.05 PM

Small plane lands on northbound I-35W in Twin Cities

A large police presence is at the scene.


Judge orders Minnesota gym that defied shutdown to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison sued the gym after it remained open.

montana cutbank

Charges: Man shot victim 'without provocation' using sawed-off shotgun

The incident happened on Nov. 24 in Ten Lake Township, located in Beltrami County.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Walz, first responders address Minnesotans

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

covid-19, coronavirus

CDC says COVID-19 quarantine period can be cut to 10 or 7 days

You can come out of a 7-day quarantine following exposure provided you've had a negative test.

maple grove fire

1 person found dead inside Maple Grove business that burned down

A person had been unaccounted following the fire that destroyed Hanson Implement and Storage Tuesday night.

One-dollar bill, cash, money

Appeals court rules MN high school students can get unemployment benefits

They've been denied the benefits, and some were even asked to pay them back.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop is charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.


Flags to fly at half staff Tuesday in honor of Rochester soldier

Governor Dayton ordered state and national flags be flown at half staff Tuesday to honor the memory of Army Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut. He was killed in action in Afghanistan last week. It was Dickhut's second overseas deployment. He'd been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Immortal Four Chaplains Day

Gov. Mark Dayton is ordering all Minnesota flags to be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Friday, February 3. It's in observance of the 69th anniversary of the sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland.

Flags at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Gary Kubly

Gov. Dayton has proclaimed Wednesday, March 7, 2012 "Gary Kubly Day" and ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags to fly at half-staff in recognition of the late lawmaker from Granite Falls. Kubly died Friday at age 68.