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It's been almost 20 years since Dave Baer moved to Detroit Lakes in 1991.

For most of that time, he's been a volunteer with the Detroit Lakes Fire Department.


"I joined in November 1992," he said. "I'm starting on my 18th year."

And soon, Baer will be starting on a new position within the department's ranks as well -- on Jan. 1, he will take over the duties of Fire Chief Jeff Swanson, who is stepping down after 25 years as chief.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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