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Chris Bieri, Grand Forks Herald , Published April 25 2012

Children injured in deadly Minnesota fire released from hospital

STEPHEN, Minn. - Both of the children injured Friday night in a fatal house fire near here have been released from a Twin Cities hospital, according to a family friend.

Ronalin Steer said Logan Milhem, 5, has been released and Nathaniel W. Peroni, 14, was released Tuesday, according to his sister’s Facebook page.

Matthew G. Milhem, 4, was found dead Saturday afternoon in the fire’s remains at the residence of David and Barbara Field.

Steer said three of the boys and David Peroni, 16, were sons of Barbara Field’s who lived in the house.

David Peroni was not injured in the fire, which started at about 10:20 p.m. Friday.

Andrea Wenzlaff, the deputy state fire marshal from Thief River Falls, is investigating the blaze and said the cause hasn’t yet been determined.

Only the chimney is left standing from the fire, which took down the house 4.5 miles northeast of Stephen in less than an hour, according to reports.

Steer said the Field family has found temporary housing in Grafton, N.D., through the month of May. They are hoping to secure a farmstead near Grafton for a more long term solution, Steer said. Both David and Barbara Field work in Grafton.

Steer said a steak fry fundraiser will be held Saturday at the American Legion in Stephen, with $2 from each dinner going to the family.

Those who wish to donate items to the family can drop off the items at United Valley Bank in Argyle, Minn., any Bremer Bank location or the American Legion in Stephen on Saturday night during the fundraiser.

Items also can be dropped off or sent to Citizen’s State Bank of Stephen, P.O. Box 450, Stephen, MN 56757.

Steer said organizers also are asking for people to donate gift cards and cookbooks, which Barbara Field collected.

A representative from Cabela’s has called to ask for clothing sizes of the family in anticipation of donating some items, according to Steer.