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Booster seats can save lives


Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Booster seats save lives. It’s as simple as that. The law requires, and common sense dictates, that infants and toddlers need a special seat in the car to protect them in case of an accident.

Minnesota law states that children under the age of four must be restrained in an appropriate car safety seat. But magically on each child’s fourth birthday, the car seat disappears because the child is now old enough to sit anywhere in the car and use any restraint available. According to safety experts, this notion is ridiculous.

"Safety belts, like air bags are designed for adults. Passengers need to be five feet tall before seat belts and shoulder harnesses fit properly," Carol Carmody, Acting Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told the Journal. Carmody is helping to get out the word that booster seats can save lives.

It does sound absurd. We have a law to protect the most vulnerable in our society, the youngest, but once children reach the age of four we no longer protect them adequately. We put them in the back seat and strap them in with a seat belt and then pat ourselves on the back for being conscientious and safety minded. Unfortunately, the law has let our little ones down, and so have we if we think that a seat belt is going to protect our child in an accident.

Autumn Alexander Skeen of Walla Walla, Washington, is a booster seat advocate. She is also a mom who’s four year old son Anton died after being ejected from a car during an accident in 1996.

"I believed that the law made it safe, and if I believed, then others did too," Skeen said in a phone interview. "First and foremost, what I need to do is warn other parents that strapping a child into an adult seat belt is a lie! And the consequences are irreversible."

The problem begins with the simple fact that automobile seat belts are made for adults. They are tested for adults and they are safe for adults. However, a child strapped into a too large seat belt can very easily be thrown out of the belt during a collision. Anton Skeen was thrown from the car and crushed in the accident, and yet his seat belt was still buckled.

"Three out of four of those thrown from a car will not survive the experience," Skeen told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a recent hearing. "We have to stop the body count, and booster seats can make the difference."

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Journal Interview

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Former Engineer Voight speaks outBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

Today, Monday, May 14, is Steve Voigt’s last day on the job as Fillmore County Highway Engineer. In March, the Fillmore County Board voted unanimously to advertise ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Council deals with art commission business, creates parking study groupBy John TorgrimsonMonday, May 14, 2001

After six years with the Lanesboro Police Department, three as Chief of Police, John Carlin will step down as the city’s top law enfo ..... 
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Smoldering sawdust and sleeping tourists

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, May 14, 2001

Zoning permits were the dominant agenda item at last Tuesday’s regular session of the County Board. Zoning Administrator Norm Craig presented the commissioners with a long list of Conditional Use Permits (CUP) passed on fr ..... 
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Fly Boys Come Home

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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By Geri Parlin
LaCrosse Tribune staff Monday, May 14, 2001

If you're a Navy pilot, you want to fly an F-18.

Why?

Because you want to fly the fastest, meanest fighter available.

That's what Lt. Bri ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, May 11th, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Fri, May 11th, 2001
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