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Drivers urged to give farm equipment operators extra room


Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The Minnesota Transportation and Public Safety departments urge motorists to use extra caution on state highways now that farmers are shipping their crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants.

"Truck traffic increases significantly during the harvest season, both in terms of volume and the number of hours each day trucks and other farm-related vehicles are on the road," said Sue Groth, Mn/DOT state traffic engineer and director of the Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology. "There have been numerous farm vehicle crashes over the past few years due to the increased traffic."

From 2006-2008, there were 434 crashes that involved a farm vehicle, resulting in nine fatalities and 26 serious injuries, according to the Department of Public Safety. In 2008 alone, farm-related vehicles were involved in 127 crashes. Of those crashes, two resulted in fatalities, 43 in injuries and 82 in property damage.

State officials urge motorists to watch for tractors pulling wagons at slow speeds, as well as combines and other wide equipment that may go over the center line. The leading contributing crash factors in farm vehicle crashes are inattention, speeding and unsafe passing .

"Motorists need to be prepared for slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads," said Cheri Marti, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "Farm vehicles are generally very large, so motorists need to give them extra space and use caution when attempting to pass."

Motorists should also watch for fallen debris from farm-related vehicles and remember that it is safer to brake or drive through the debris rather than veer into oncoming traffic or off the road.

Drivers are urged to:

- Watch for debris dropped by trucks hauling sugar beets and other crops.

- Use safety belts.

- Drive with headlights on at all times.

- Observe posted speed limits and traffic signs.

An Invitation into the Future with The Minnesota Project

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

In 2039, what will we be eating; how will travel; and will our teens still be celebrating their high school prom? The Minnesota Project will provide a light and humorous look into the future of sustainability at its 30th anniversary celebration on Sa ..... 
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Latino AIDS Awareness Day in Minnesota set for October 15

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

For the seventh year, Minnesota joins the nationwide observance on Oct. 15 of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) in response to the rising HIV infection rates among Latinos across the nation. This year's national theme is, United we can: Stop ..... 
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Minnesota Historical Society Launches Grant Program to Preserve State's History and Cultural Heritage

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Society to award $6.75 million statewide for projects of enduring value

over the next two years;

Deadline for first grant application is October 30.

ST. PAUL (Oct. 6, 2009) – Without a concerted effort, our state’s hi< ..... 
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MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR R.T. RYBAK AMONG FOUR U.S. MAYORS NAMED AS FELLOWS BY THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE DANIEL ROSE CENTER FOR PUBLIC LEADERSHIP IN LAND USE

Wed, Oct 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON (October 6, 2009) - The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use has named Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and three other outstanding local community leaders to serve in fellowships for the Center throu ..... 
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Minnesota records three new deaths associated with H1N1 novel influenza

Fri, Oct 2nd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that three people have died recently from complications due to infection with the H1N1 novel influenza virus. They were a Watonwan County woman in her 40s, a Dakota County woman in her 50s and ..... 
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THEATRE SHOWCASE AND HOW-TO TRAINING GET MINNESOTA ELDERS ON STAGE

Sun, Sep 27th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - People over 60 are taking the stage across Minnesota in performance venues ranging from the Fringe Festival to school classrooms and condo party spaces. They tell stories, do standup comedy, give dramatic readings and more. ..... 
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Minnesotans encouraged to be persistent in getting seasonal flu shots

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesotans seeking seasonal flu shots who find their health care provider is temporarily out of vaccine should not be discouraged, state health officials say, but should keep checking with their provider to see when more will be available. Adequate ..... 
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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OPENS GREATER MINNESOTA CHAPTER

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

New York, NY - September 21, 2009 - The American Foundation for Suicide

Prevention (AFSP) has opened its newest chapter. The addition of the

Greater Minnesota Chapter brings the total number of AFSP chapters in the

U.S. to 36. ..... 
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