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Big drop in motorcycle deaths in 2009


Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) shows motorcycle deaths dropped significantly last year. There were 52 motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota in 2009, a 28 percent decrease from a 24-year high of 72 deaths in 2008. Officials are calling on motorists and riders to keep the momentum going.

"After a long trend of increasing motorcycle deaths, last year was encouraging. Drivers and riders are getting the message and taking their responsibilities on the road seriously," said Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Motorist awareness, rider training, and law enforcement all contributed to last year's decrease. But with a record high of more than 226,000 motorcycles registered in Minnesota, the risk of rider deaths is still great. And due to high gas prices, more Minnesotans are expected to opt for a 40- to 80-mpg motorcycle or scooter for commuting this year.

Public safety officials advise motorists to stay alert for motorcycle riders now that spring is here and bikes are hitting the roads:

Anticipate: expect to see motorcyclists in traffic, and allow them plenty of room to avoid surface hazards, see and be seen.

Communicate: always use turn signals to indicate your intentions. This allows riders time to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.

Look twice: because motorcycles are smaller, they can be difficult to spot in traffic and can appear to be farther away than they actually are. Take a second look before turning or entering a roadway.

Motorcycle safety information, rider training course schedules and driving tips can be found at www.motorcyclesafety.org.

Local Red Cross Responds to Fire in Northeast Rochester

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, May 1, 2010] - This morning the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a single family fire in northeast Rochester. The Red Cross provided the individuals affected with food and clothing and Shelter. All Re ..... 
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STATE HITS 101 ROAD DEATHS FOR THE YEAR

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The recent rash of traffic deaths - unofficially 16 since Friday, April 23 - has pushed Minnesota above the 100-death mark for the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). To-date, preliminary reports indicate 10 ..... 
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'Hit and run' in Preston

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

It's not often that a person witnesses a hit and run, especially when it involves a horse-drawn buggy and a Ford F-150.

As I sat at my desk on the morning of Wednesday, March 31, typing away on my computer keyboard, while casually peering ou ..... 
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172 arrested for DWI in March

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Enhanced DWI patrols conducted in the state's counties with the most alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries resulted in 172 DWI arrests in March.

Participating officers in the overtime patrols stopped 3,908 vehicles and issued 1,212 cit ..... 
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Home in Spring Valley

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, March 31, 2010] - The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding this morning to a home in Spring Valley after a semi-truck collided with it. The Red Cross is meeting with the family and making arrangements fo ..... 
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Vehicle Accident March 24, 2010

Thu, Mar 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

A 37-year old Preston man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident in rural Fillmore County Wednesday afternoon.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Gregory Bremseth was traveling westbound on Fillmore County Road #22 in ..... 
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