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OPEN SEASON ON IMPAIRED ROAD TURKEYS DECLARED DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY


Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Heightened Enforcement Focus in Twin Cities on Holiday Eve and Weekend



ST. PAUL - Added servings of DWI enforcement will be dished out in the Twin Cities during Thanksgiving - historically one of the year's deadliest holiday travel periods. Enforcement will be focused on Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 23, and the holiday weekend.

The effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

DPS officials remind motorists to travel safely for Thanksgiving. In Minnesota during the Thanksgiving travel period (Wed.-Sun), 2008-2010, 16 motorists were killed and 1,834 motorists were arrested for DWI. Of the 16 deaths, six were alcohol-related and seven were unbelted occupants.

"Sadly, some families will have an empty seat at their holiday table," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol. "Arresting impaired drivers is a preventive measure to ensure safety on Minnesota roads."

In the Twin Cities metro area, the State Patrol and partnering local law enforcement agencies will increase their presence on the roads with the intent to identify and apprehend impaired drivers before they can seriously injure or kill other motorists.

Follow this recipe for traffic safety to ensure safe Thanksgiving travel:

§ Buckle up before and after you gobble up.

§ Plan for enough travel time to avoid the urge to speed - the posted speed is the speed limit.

§ Pay attention. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods.

§ If you plan on drinking, plan for a safe and sober ride home.

A DWI offense can result in loss of license for up to a year, thousands in costs and possible jail time. Stronger DWI sanctions are in effect for all repeat DWI offenders, as well as for motorists arrested for a first-time DWI with an alcohol-concentration level of 0.16 and above. Under these sanctions, offenders must use ignition interlock for at least a year or face at least one year without driving privileges.

Interlock requires a driver to provide a breath sample under 0.02 for the vehicle to start. Safety officials say interlock ensures DWI offenders are driving legally and safely. Potential participants of program can learn more at www.minnesotaignitioninterlock.org.

The DWI enforcement and education effort is a component of the state's Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) traffic safety program. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a saf .....
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Science & Technology Authority Awards Grant for Internship Program

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Minnesota Science & Technology Authority (MnSTA) has awarded a $129,000 grant to the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) to administer internships for 40 college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines ..... 
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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS EARLY IN 2011

Thu, Oct 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Medicare Open Enrollment season has begun. If that seems a bit early to you - you're right. This year the Open Enrollment period begins and ends early (Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th). In previous years the enrollment period began closer to No ..... 
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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUTH IN CORRECTION FACILITIES AND MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTED IN REPORT

Mon, Sep 26th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Differences between Minnesota youth in correctional facilities and mainstream schools are detailed in Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities, a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (O ..... 
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Sprinkler systems help stop 81 fires in 2010

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS HELP STOP 81 FIRES IN 2010

Numbers Illustrate How Sprinklers Save Lives and Property



ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) today announced that 81 building fi ..... 
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Root River Bike Trail update

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Until the middle of July the only bridge being worked on is the big confluence bridge about 1.5 miles north of Lanesboro. The bridge is closed to trail users from 7am-6pm Mon- Fri, EXCEPT for this week where no bridge work will be done between Thurs ..... 
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Small-Business Owners Speak Out Against Dayton Tax Plan

Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST.PAUL, Minn., June 28, 2011- Today, leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's largest business group in terms of entities with approximately 12,000 members statewide, held a press conference to oppose the large ..... 
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Minnesota cannot rely on policies of the past

Wed, Jun 15th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Minnesota cannot rely

on policies of the past



TO THE EDITOR:



When most of us don't complete a task, or believe we don't have it just right, we put in a little overtime. It is no different at the State Le ..... 
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TILLWATER TEENS AGAIN WIN TRAFFIC SAFETY TV CONTEST

Thu, Jun 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - For a second year, teenage students from Stillwater Area High School won the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)-AAA Don't Drive Distracted, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge. Minnesotans can view the winning spot, "F ..... 
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