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MOTORCYCLIST DEATHS OUTPACING LAST YEAR'S 24-YEAR HIGH


Tue, Aug 4th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Safety officials remind motorcyclists and motorists to drive carefully and share the road, as thousands of riders hit the highway for the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD, which begins next week. August and September are historically high in motorcyclist deaths.

To-date in 2009, 27 riders have died on Minnesota roads, compared to 25 at this time last year. There were 72 motorcyclist fatalities in 2008, the most since 1985. Motorcycles make up less than 5 percent of all registered vehicles, but represented nearly 16 percent of the 455 motor vehicle fatalities last year. There are nearly 225,000 registered motorcycles in Minnesota, a record high.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports the most common factors attributed to motorcycle riders in crashes are speed, inexperience, inattention and impairment-all within the rider's control. Motorcyclists should slow down, ride within their limits, stay focused and ride sober. Last year, 47 percent of riders killed had been using alcohol-42 percent were over the legal limit of .08.

Vehicle drivers also share responsibility for motorcyclists' safety. According to Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), nearly half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Marti emphasizes that because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, it is more difficult to judge their speed and distance. "Watch carefully for motorcycle riders this weekend, and expect to see them throughout the summer and well into fall," says Marti.

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center, an OTS program, offers expert riding tips and training for new, returning and advanced riders. For more information or to sign up for a training course, call 800-407-6677 or visit www.motorcyclesafety.org. Tips for riders to be more visible in traffic can be found at www.HighViz.org.

Minnesota Online School Adds K-6 Program

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota - The Minnesota Center of Online Learning (MCoOL), a program of the Houston Public School District #294, is expanding to serve more students statewide. The expansion to add grades K-6 is being spurred by the growing demand for online educat ..... 
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THREE CONVICTED OF FELONY LOTTERY FRAUD AS RESULT OF COMPLIANCE CHECKS

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Six of eight individuals charged by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in March with lottery fraud have entered guilty pleas, three of those have been convicted of felonies, and three others each received one-year diversions. The original ..... 
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THREE CONVICTED OF FELONY LOTTERY FRAUD AS RESULT OF COMPLIANCE CHECKS

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Six of eight individuals charged by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in March with lottery fraud have entered guilty pleas, three of those have been convicted of felonies, and three others each received one-year diversions. The original ..... 
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Minnesota Trucking-related Fatalities Drop Nearly 18%

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year,

resulting in a 17.8% drop in trucking-related fatalities.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor

Vehicle Crash Facts, publi ..... 
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JUNE JOB LOSS STATEMENT FROM MN2020

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN - FROM MN2020 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHN VAN HECKE



"As more Minnesotans continue to find themselves out of work, a state economic recovery strategy is conspicuously absent.



Governor Pawlenty's unilateral cu ..... 
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FINAL TRAFFIC CRASH REPORT: MINNESOTA DEATHS DOWN 11 PERCENT

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - There were 455 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2008, the lowest on record since 1945 and an 11 percent drop from the 510 deaths in 2007. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) annual detailed summary of traffic crashes, Minne ..... 
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Minnesota records two additional H1N1-associated deaths

Thu, Jul 16th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Two additional deaths associated with the H1N1 novel influenza virus have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

That brings to three the total number of deaths in the state linked to the ongoing H1N1 outbreak.

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EXTRA DWI ENFORCEMENT DECLARED FOR THE 4TH

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Following one of the deadliest Memorial Day holiday weekends ever, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reinforcing the need for motorists to drive belted, safe and sober during the Independence Day weekend. Last year alcohol-related c ..... 
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