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Extra DWI Enforcement Continues through Labor Day; PUBLIC SAFETY, MNDOT STRESS ROAD SAFETY


Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will continue an enhanced DWI crackdown through Labor Day weekend to limit alcohol-related deaths during the holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekends, 2006-2008, 11 people were killed - five were alcohol-related - and another 1,993 motorists were arrested for DWI.

The Minnesota Departments of Public Safety (DPS) and Transportation (MnDOT) urge motorists to travel safely during the weekend by wearing seat belts, paying attention, driving at safe speeds and planning ahead for a safe ride home to avoid driving impaired.

"Holiday weekends are typically deadly on our roads," says Lt. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. "Minnesota law enforcement will do their part to keep motorists safe by taking impaired drivers off the road. We ask that all motorists do the same by planning ahead for a safe ride home and avoiding a DWI."

During August Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) DWI enforcement campaigns, 152 motorists were arrested for DWI. Participating NightCAP officers stopped 3,563 vehicles and issued 1,027 citations for traffic- and equipment-related violations - including 77 citations for seat belt non-use.

Traffic crashes killed 1,459 people on Minnesota roads during 2006-2008 - 519 were alcohol related. Historically, more than 30 percent of all fatal traffic crashes are alcohol-related.

Langer adds enhanced NightCAP patrols - which are over and beyond regular DWI enforcement activity - will continue in the state's 13 deadliest counties for impaired driving: Anoka, Blue Earth, Crow Wing, Dakota, Hennepin, Itasca, Ramsey, Rice, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright. During 2005-2007, these counties accounted for more than half of the state's alcohol-related deaths (272) and serious injuries (663).

NightCAP efforts have generated 1,702 DWI arrests since enhanced DWI patrols began in fall 2008: Anoka (430), Blue Earth (131), Crow Wing (42), Dakota (81), Hennepin (388), Itasca (40), Ramsey (264), Rice (56), St. Louis (72), Sherburne (76), Stearns (45), Washington (49), and Wright (28).

MnDOT Work Zone Message:

According to MnDOT, although most work zones around the state will not be active over Labor Day weekend, it may be necessary for lane closures to remain in place. For the latest statewide traffic, construction and travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or visit www.mndot.gov.

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Congressman Walz Announces Southern Minnesota Mobile Office Stops

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz announced that he is dispatching his staff across southern Minnesota September 21-23 to hear from constituents regarding hot topics like health insurance reform and to assist individuals who are having p ..... 
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Statement by Congressman Tim Walz on President Obama's Speech

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Tim Walz. Mr. Jeff Korsmo, Executive Director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center was Congressman Walz's guest at tonight's Joint Session of Congress.

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Health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota health officials urge Minnesotans to learn more about preventing suicide during national Suicide Prevention Week, September 6-12.

The extent of suicide in Minnesota is significant:

571 people died by suicide in Minnesota in 20 ..... 
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Minnesota Community Pride winners announced and honored on Labor Day weekend at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Over 20 Minnesota communities, large and small, from across the state, took home top honors and over $15,000 in cash awards in the 25th Anniversary Minnesota Community Pride competition, announced at the Minnesota Community Pride Showcase and Awards ..... 
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State Fair Seeking Young Adults to Serve on Advisory Team

Mon, Aug 31st, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota State Fair is now accepting applications for young adults who want to be part of the State Fair Advisory Team.

The 20-member team is a voice for younger Minnesotans that provides input on interests and trends among ..... 
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Background briefing for media on novel H1N1 flu

Tue, Aug 25th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

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Background briefing on novel H1N1, including recent developments, current concerns, anticipated issues and challenges if a second wave of illness occurs in the fall, and preparations for the possibility of a major pandemic involving sev ..... 
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MN2020 Statement on the Minnesota Free Market Institute's False Assertions about Climate Change

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - Responding to the Minnesota Free Market Institute's assertions that climate change is just politicized science, Minnesota 2020 Executive Director John Van Hecke issued the following statement:



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END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN MEANS END OF THE ROAD FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS

Mon, Aug 24th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota law enforcement agencies statewide will be cracking down on impaired drivers as part of a nationwide Drunk Driving - Over the Limit. Under Arrest. enforcement campaign, August 21-Sept. 7. Around 400 Minnesota agencies will partic ..... 
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