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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, at its annual awards presentation. Each year, the Patrol honors citizens, troopers and State Patrol employees who performed life-saving acts or excelled in a crisis or in efforts to ensure safer Minnesota roads.

Sgt. Brian Polansky was named "2009 Trooper of the Year." The 23-year State Patrol veteran received the honor based on his leadership contributions to the agency, which include mentoring; teaching assisting allied agencies; managing a busy Minneapolis station; and filling in for troopers who need time off. Polansky also investigates fatal and serious injury crashes and demonstrates compassion and professionalism when notifying families of traffic deaths, according to his commander, Capt. Tom Fraser.

Fraser says Polansky has always been an active, involved employee striving to make Minnesota safer. "His file is full of commendations and letters of thanks from the public," says Fraser. "He's an outstanding representative of the State Patrol."

The State Patrol top DWI enforcer for 2009 was Trooper Jack Tiegs of the East Metro District. Tiegs arrested 133 drivers for DWI in 2009.

Recipients of the State Patrol "Life Saving Award" include:

Troopers Mark Fahning and Scott Kuphal - the pair responded to a driver involved in a crash with a medical condition on Hwy. 22 in LeSueur County. They performed CPR to keep the victim alive.

Trooper Brett Westbrook - he was off-duty when he noticed a potential suicide jumper on

Hwy. 70 near I-35. He worked with a Pine County deputy to pull the person off the bridge.

Trooper Mike Olson - he responded to a crash at I-694 and Hwy. 120 and used an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to rescue the injured crash victim.

Sgt. Kelly Phillips and Trooper Rachel Comer - the pair responded to a medical call on I-394 where they performed chest compressions and used an AED to save the victim.

Troopers Vaughn Ebbighausen and David Keenan - the pair responded to a medical call of a man having a heart attack on I-94 near Fergus Falls. They administered CPR and used an AED to save the man's life.

Trooper Ryan Marthaler - He responded to a suicide attempt in a garage in Yellow Medicine County. He woke the man .....
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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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Minnesota D.A.R.E. Partners with St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare's Recovery Plus

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

St. Cloud, MN Area- Minnesota D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Inc. has partnered with St. Cloud Hospital's Recovery Plus to expand prevention programming in the St. Cloud area. "Bringing prevention and treatment together to share resource ..... 
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Local Truckers Invited to Learn About Important New Regulations

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

Local Truckers Invited to Learn About Important New Regulations

The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) Safety Council will host five

simultaneous seminars across the state to educate attendees on CSA 2010.

WHAT:

The Fed ..... 
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Annual rural health conference focuses on embracing change

Tue, Apr 20th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Rural Health Conference, Leading Change for Rural Health, will be held June 28-29 in Duluth, Minnesota. Health care professionals, state and local policymakers and students will gather for this two-day event to discuss how rural health ..... 
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Science Museum of Minnesota to Host the 2010 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest on April 23, 2010

Tue, Apr 20th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold the 2010 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest at 10:00 a.m. on April 23, 2010 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public. A link to a live online broadcast of the contes ..... 
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Minnesota State Sen. Pat Pariseau honored for service to DU

Mon, Apr 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, April 19, 2010 - Minnesota State Sen. Pat Pariseau was recognized recently by Ducks Unlimited and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty for her leadership in founding the DU Capitol Chapter, as well as her 19 years as the volunteer area chair of ..... 
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