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Jerry Rosendahl, Minnesota's state fire marshal, sits in his office in St. Paul. The Hastings resident started his career with the Woodbury Fire Department. Staff photo by Keith Grauman

Former Woodbury firefighter is Minnesota fire marshal

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Imagine taking over the state office responsible for managing emergencies, the day after one of the biggest emergencies in the history of the United States.

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That was the reality of Sept. 12, 2001 for former Woodbury firefighter Jerry Rosendahl, who became the director of the Minnesota Division of Emergency Management the day after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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