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TEENS CALLED ON TO CREATE TV COMMERCIALS TO DISCOURAGE TEXTING AND DRIVING


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and AAA Minnesota/Iowa is calling on Minnesota's teenagers to do "thumbthing" about the dangers of texting and driving by participating in the Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge.

Minnesota teens in grades 9-12 are eligible to create and produce a 30-second TV spot to communicate the dangers associated with driving while texting and the solutions to avoid the dangerous and illegal behavior. Since August 2008, texting, emailing, composing messages and web browsing has been illegal for drivers of all ages with violations costing up to $300.

The top spots will be selected by DPS, AAA Minnesota/Iowa and a teen panel for public online voting in May. AAA Minnesota/Iowa will award first-, second- and third-place finishers with $1,000, $600 and $400, respectively. The winning spot will make its television broadcast premiere in spring 2010. Rules and entry forms are online atwww.rockthebelt.org. Spots are due to DPS by April 19, 2010. Teens are also encouraged to post their spots on the DPS Office of Traffic Safety Facebook page ("MnDPS_OTS-Traffic Safety").

"Teens have the opportunity to deliver a positive, life-saving message so their friends get their thumbs off the phone and back on the wheel," says Gordy Pehrson, youth traffic safety coordinator of DPS Office of Traffic Safety.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens - a group overrepresented each year due to driver inexperience, risk-taking behavior, distractions, nighttime driving, speeding and seat belt non-use. During 2006-2008, 118 teens (ages 16-19), were killed and another 577 were seriously injured in crashes.

DPS reports that distraction or inattention factors in at least 25 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 9,000 serious injuries.

Pehrson recommends teens put their cell phone out of reach when behind the wheel and encourages passengers to handle calls and texts for drivers to reduce distraction. He also reminds teens and their parents that cell phone use for drivers with a provisional license is prohibited by law.

View finalists and the winning spot from the 2009 Buckle Up, Teens! TV Commercial Contest at www.rockthebelt.org.

Ropes: Minnesota needs jobs, jobs, jobs

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Making job creation the first priority of the 2010 legislative session, the Minnesota Senate recently passed a comprehensive capital investment package. State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, was pleased that the Senate package included job ..... 
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SUPER BOWL DWI ENFORCEMENT TO FLAG IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR "ILLEGAL USE OF KEYS"

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans planning to party for Super Bowl weekend need to make the call for a safe and sober ride as added DWI patrols will be on the roads. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports during Super Bowl weekends 2006-2008, M ..... 
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Minnesota Wildlife Officer Honored with NWTF Award

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Conservation Officer Robert Mlynar with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

Mlynar, of Aitkin, Minn., w ..... 
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Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon awards $200,000 in grants to 23 schools across the state for student-led energy projects

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

February 4th, Statewide Minnesota - The Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon (MnSCC) Project has announced the award of over $200,000 in 19 grants to 23 public high schools, colleges and universities across Minnesota. Projects range from making energy im ..... 
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MINNESOTA AFL-CIO ENDORSES MARK RITCHIE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE, REBECCA OTTO FOR STATE AUDITOR

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul---The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State and Rebecca Otto for State Auditor for re- election. The seventy member General Board made their decision in time for the start of the caucus and convention season.
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Feb. 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly half of the total AIDS cases reported in the U.S. occur among African-Americans, even though they represent just 13 percent of the U.S population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost half of the ..... 
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LIPPERT ELECTED TO ASI EXECUTIVE BOARD

Tue, Feb 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

DENVER, Colo. - Mike Lippert, Olivia, Minn., was elected to represent the National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) on the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Board at the 2010 ASI/NLFA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.



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Minnesota Historical Society awards $1,462,500 in Mid-size and Large Grants funded by the Legacy Amendment

Wed, Jan 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL (Jan. 27, 2010) - Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants continue to provide much needed funds to organizations throughout the state. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced the first 27 recipients of Mid-size and ..... 
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