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A HEAVY FOOT AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING WILL MEAN A LIGHTER WALLET WITH ADDED SPEED PATROLS IN 2010


Thu, Apr 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota law enforcement agencies are accelerating patrols in 2010 to combat one of state's leading contributors to fatal traffic crashes - speeding. Around 50 agencies will conduct extra enforcement to address speeding, and an ad campaign will remind drivers that the posted speed is the speed limit. The effort is a combined project of the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT).

During 2006-2008 in Minnesota, illegal/unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 391 traffic deaths. A majority of the speed-related fatal crashes (68 percent) occur on rural areas (less than 5,000 population).

"Every day on every road motorists are ignoring speed limits, and as a result, put lives at risk," says Col. Mark Dunaski, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. "No matter how many motorists speed, it doesn't make it legal or safe. Speed limits are posted for a reason- to reflect the safe speed for the road's design."

DPS cites the dangers of speeding include greater potential for loss of vehicle control; increased stopping distance; less time available for driver response for crash avoidance; and increased crash severity leading to more numerous and severe injuries.

MnDOT used crash data to identify corridors at which speed and aggressive traffic fatalities were prevalent. These roads will see added patrols year-long. Throughout the campaign, MnDOT will monitor travel speeds on select roadways to identify changes in travel speeds before, during and after heightened enforcement periods.

The 2010 speed enforcement effort is supported by $1.5 million in federal funding, translating to more than 20,000 hours of additional patrols. The State Patrol is partnering with county and city agencies to target specific roadways statewide that have a history of speeding activity. The enhanced enforcement will occur throughout the year.

Costs of speeding violations vary by county, but typically ramp up to at least $120 for traveling 10 mph over the limit. Motorists stopped at 20 mph over the speed limit face double the fine, and those ticketed traveling more than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.

The enforcement will include a focus on aggressive driving behavior, such as tailgating, abrupt lane changes and red-light running. Cheri Marti, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director, says patience and a shift of driving attitudes is necessary to prevent crashes associated with speeding.
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Minnesota Brothers Each Facing 29 Tax Felony Charges

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced today that the Mille Lacs County Attorney's Office recently charged Todd Christenson, 50, of Fridley, and his brother Trent Christenson, 40, of Baxter, each with 29 felony tax crimes. They al ..... 
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Minnesota Archaeology Week at the Rice County Historical Society

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Meeting with collectors - Artifact Identification

Join us at the Rice County Museum for Minnesota Archaeology Week on Thursday, May 6, 2010. If you have found a stone tool, arrow head or something else you would like to have identified bring i ..... 
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BICYCLE RIDING, DEATHS UP IN MINNESOTA; STATE AGENCIES CALL ON MOTORISTS TO SHARE THE ROAD

Tue, Apr 13th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota bike riders are back on the road - and motorists need to share the road, according to the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT). Preliminary 2009 stats from DPS report 10 bicyclist deaths, a drop ..... 
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AT&T TXTNG & DRIVNG CAMPAIGN URGES CONSUMERS THAT 'IT CAN WAIT'

Mon, Apr 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Stop what you're doing. Take out your wireless device. Read out loud the last text message you received. Would reading or responding to that text message while driving be worth causing a serious accident? When you look at ..... 
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National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter names new president

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, April 9, 2010 - Holly Anderson, a seven-year veteran of the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, has been named president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter.



Most recently the ..... 
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MPCA AWARDS OUTSTANDING WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATORS

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn ⎯ The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Tyler Carrigan from POET Biorefining for outstanding performance in wastewater operations during 2009. The awards were announced March 25th at the 73rd Annual Wa ..... 
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Forum aims to help medical professionals talk to patients about cancer risk from radon exposure

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A forum for medical professionals to increase their awareness of radon as a leading cause of lung cancer will be held Thursday, May 6 in Bloomington.

The event, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Lung Association of ..... 
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Workers to Begin Installing New MSP Airport Highway Signs Tonight

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL -- The days of driving to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, only to discover en route that its two terminals are on entirely separate roadways with no signs to tell you which terminal your airline uses, are about to ..... 
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