As many of you know our district has experienced major fire damage. According to reports, over 7100 acres have been scorched in the Menahga and Park Rapids area. I watched troubling news clips coming in Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew people had losses but had no details. Wednesday evening I attended a public meeting in Menahga. The Forestry service indicated the fire is 25% contained. Unfortunately, the losses are significant. 12 residences, 2 commercial properties, and 41 outbuildings have been destroyed. For more information, you can call 218-564-1301 or go to www.mnics.org.