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Kelly Elsner stands near his water truck. He and his eight employees worked through Tuesday saving Elsner’s business and home, then setting out through the rural neighborhood to help others. Sarah Smith | Forum News Service

Ragtag band of firefighters jumps into action

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PARK RAPIDS — Kelly Elsner found his second calling Tuesday night — amateur firefighter.

As fires closed in on his Hubbard County Road 111 home and well drilling business south of Park Rapids, Elsner called his employees back to work.

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"Come back as fast as you can," were his instructions.

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