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Firefighter Accused of Arsen and Fraud

John Berken, a Forest Lake firefighter was accused of starting the grass fire in Winona County that he later helped to extinguish. Days before this alleged action, a federal court filing accused him of perjury according to the Star Tribune. They were going to start an investigation of a case in which Berken allegedly ran up $4 million in improper credit card charges. The Pioneer Press reported the area in which Berken allegedly started the fire was a nature preserve. When questioned in October about the financial case, Berken lied under oath about his failed Ford Dealership business.