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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, "Football" - featuring a texting football player crushed by the opposing team - and the other finalists atwww.rockthebelt.org, click on the Don't Drive Distracted, Teens! link.

Producer Alex Emmons' winning spot received 2,913 (38 percent) of the total 7,632 votes during the two-week voting period that started May 10. He will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize from AAA, and DPS will air the spot statewide during the MTV Video Music Awards, Aug. 28. Last year, another group of Stillwater teens won for their spot, "Moms Alcohol and Texting."

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers due to inexperience, seat belt non-use, distractions and risk-taking behind the wheel. In the last five years, 192 teens were killed in crashes.

1st Place - "Football" (2,913 votes) - $1,000 cash prize from AAA

Alex Emmons, Stillwater High School, Stillwater



2nd Place - "Mom Isn't Always Watching" (1,389 votes) - $600 cash prize from AAA

Jared Arentson, Redwood Valley High School, Redwood Falls



3rd Place - "Don't Text and Drive" (1,290 votes) - $400 cash prize from AAA

Nate Smith, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley



4th Place - "Concentrate, Drive, Get There Alive" (1,080 votes)

Andrew Jewell, home school, St. Louis Park



5th Place -"Talkative Cell Phone" (960 votes)

Holly Mickelson, Spectrum High School, Elk River



DPS officials say now is a smart time for parents to re-engage with their teens' driving - before summer, historically the deadliest season on state roads. Officials say parents should set rules and limitations for teen drivers, and establish limits on nighttime driving and number of passengers. Parents should also reinforce traffic laws - such as the primary seat belt law; ban on texting/web access/electronic communication; and ban on cell phone use for drivers under age 18.

DPS offers a teen-parent driver contract and driver skills checklist at www.dps.state.mn.us/ots; click on "Teen Driving."

The Don't Drive Distracted, Teens! contest is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD .....
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nemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

State loses 5,200 jobs in April

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.5 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ..... 
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Mn/DOT to repair pavement cracks on nine highways in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews make pavement repairs on various highways in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties beginning Monday, May 16. Flaggers will control traffic dur ..... 
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3M Company Named Finalist for 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ARLINGTON, Va. - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced 3M Company of St. Paul, Minnesota is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedo ..... 
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Airport Foundation MSP Announces Winners of the 2011 MSP Employee of the Year Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - This week, the Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000, along with the title "MSP Employee of the Year."
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BARDA supports first Project BioShield contract for smallpox drug

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) today announced a five-year, $433 million contract for late-stage development of an antiviral drug to treat individuals infected with smallpox. The contract with SIGA Technolo ..... 
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Postal Service Announces Top Dog Attack Cities Medical, Animal Behavior, Insurance Communities, Promote Dog Bite Prevention Week

Thu, May 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





HOUSTON - The Postal Service released statistics today highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010. Nationwide last year, 5,669 postal employees ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Health to announce Drinking Water Annual Report at new St. Peter Water Treatment Plant

Tue, May 3rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Event:

Press conference to announce Minnesota Department of Health drinking water annual report and results of monitoring from 2010.

Time/Location:

Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.

Broadway Avenue Water Treatment Plan ..... 
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State's largest walleye lakes test 'clean' for PFCs in fish

Mon, May 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Fish taken in 2010 from nine of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes had levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that were either very low or undetectable, suggesting those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals ..... 
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