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PUBLIC SAFETY: BIG DROP IN MOTORCYCLE DEATHS IN 2009


Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) show 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.

STATE REQUESTS SIX COUNTIES, ONE TRIBE, BE ADDED TO DISASTER

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) today requested six counties be added to the major disaster declaration for spring flooding.

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Public invited to moose symposium

Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A combination of challenges are ganging up on Minnesota's sensitive moose populations - warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, increased varieties of diseases and parasites, and changes in predator populations. Are we watching the end of Min ..... 
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Southwest Airlines Adds Service Between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Phoenix

Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL - Metropolitan Airports Commission Executive Director Jeff Hamiel welcomed Southwest Airlines' announcement today that it is adding service between MSP and Phoenix.



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New Minnesota Teacher of the Year to be named Sunday, May 2

Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn., April 27, 2010 - The 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named this Sunday, May 2. Amber Damm, 2009 Teacher of the Year, will name her successor at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park. ..... 
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STATE PATROL RECOGNIZES HEROIC CITIZENS; TROOPER OF THE YEAR

Thu, Apr 22nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Four Minnesotans who pulled a driver out of a vehicle submerged in a pond and another citizen who went through flames to save an injured driver whose vehicle caught fire were among those recognized by the State Patrol on Tuesday, April 20, ..... 
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High school students, legislators and climate leaders give a thumbs up to clean energy at the State Capitol to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Wed, Apr 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA - Students from across the state will gather in the Rotunda at the Minnesota State Capitol this Earth Day to talk about actions they're taking to reduce the carbon footprints of their schools. They'll be sharing the microphone w ..... 
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Recession Continues Pushing Rents "Out of Reach" in Minnesota Counties

Wed, Apr 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN (April 21, 2010) - As the recession drags on, families struggle to make ends meet, with rents unaffordable across the state. A just-released national report says that a 2-bedroom apartment remains beyond the means of Minnesota's average ..... 
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Applications open for Minnesota high school bands to play in 2010 University of Minnesota homecoming parade

Wed, Apr 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (4/20/2010) - The University of Minnesota is inviting high school bands from around the state to be a part of the U of M's prestigious Homecoming Parade and perform to over 20,000 viewers! The Homecoming Committee is currently ..... 
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