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Minot names first female fire chief in city’s history

MINOT, N.D. — The city of Minot will have a female fire chief for the first time in its history.

Grand Forks Battalion Chief Kelli Flermoen is a 20-year veteran of the Grand Forks Fire Department. She’ll succeed Minot Chief CJ Craven, who’s retiring Jan. 8 after 35 years with the department including eight as its leader.

Flermoen sees a lot of similarities between Grand Forks and Minot, including that both communities have fought back from devastating floods.

Flermoen is a Minnesota native who holds associate degrees in fire technology and administration and in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in strategic leadership.

The North Dakota Firefighter’s Association says Flermoen is believed to be the first female fire chief in one of the state’s four largest cities.

In related news, Minot may soon be North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area.

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