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DIG THIS: YOUR FIRE HYDRANT NEEDS A HAND


Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Fire hydrants don't call attention to themselves; you may barely notice yours from day to day. But with significant snowfall, and temperatures rising and falling, hydrants across the state are becoming encased in hard snow and ice - a situation that can turn trouble into tragedy if a fire occurs.

Given that residential fires are most common during the heating season, the State Fire Marshal encourages everyone to know where their nearest fire hydrant is and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter.

Deputy State Fire Marshal and Eden Prairie firefighter Becki White has fought fires in the winter, and knows the frustration of opening frozen hydrants. "No one wants to watch their belongings go up in flames while firefighters dig out a hydrant buried in snow."

According to White, fire hydrants are located according to local standards and nationally recognized practices. Requirements may be based on zoning, occupancy or construction type. If your nearest hydrant is buried in snow, the fire department can help locate it. A flag or a pole may be used to mark its location for future reference.

As an incentive to care for your hydrant, the State Fire Marshal has made this offer - dig out the fire hydrant, take a picture of it, and send the photo to dps.facebook.state.mn.us. Selected photos will be posted on the SFM Facebook site.

Adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers decrease slightly in 2009

Thu, Jan 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The number of adverse events in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and community behavioral health hospitals decreased from 312 to 301 in 2009, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The sixth ..... 
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Dave Ernest Named Minnesota's Top 2009 Truck Driver

Tue, Jan 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) named Dave Ernest, a

professional truck driver for Smith Trucking, Inc. based in Worthington

Minnesota, as Minnesota's 2009 Truck Driver of the Year.

Ernest was selected from ..... 
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Minnesota's Safest Truck Driver to be Announced!

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

WHAT: Minnesota Driver of the Year Awards Banquet

Join us for an exciting award ceremony that will showcase 12 drivers and

their essential contributions to driver safety. A video presentation will

document the story of each drive ..... 
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Minnesota Health Commissioner to receive H1N1 flu shot

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

What:

Dr. Sanne Magnan, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, will be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 influenza. With ample supplies of vaccine now available, Dr. Magnan is strongly encouraging all Minnesotans to be vaccinated against the 2009 influ ..... 
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Minnesota Attorney General applauded for trying to stop Asian Carp

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN- The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy applauds Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's decision to file a brief supporting Michigan's legal action to force Illinois to close a canal and stop Asian Carp from invading Lake Mic ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Tue, Jan 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Now is a good time to get vaccinated for influenza, whether for 2009 novel H1N1 or seasonal influenza, say state health officials.

In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for ..... 
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Students Are Making "Cents" this Winter

Tue, Dec 29th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

An estimated 73 million "Pennies for Patients" will be donated to the Minnesota Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of local students who are survivors of leukemia and lymphoma.

December 29, 2009-GOLDEN VALLEY, MN - More than 3 ..... 
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Our Friends at U of M Regional Extension Offices and MAES:

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Holiday greetings from the Minnesota Grown Program.



Hope this holiday season finds you all happy & healthy.



We are very thankful that all is good with the Minnesota Grown Program as we conclude 2009. We have appreciate ..... 
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