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Kelly Elsner stands near his water truck. He and his eight employees worked through Tuesday night, saving Elsner’s business and home, then setting out through the rural neighborhood to help others. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

What makes a hero: Where there’s a well, there’s a way

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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.

As his employees and a water truck sprang into action, the evacuation order came in: Get out.

“I’m not leaving until my feet are on fire,” Elsner recalled thinking.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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