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Minnesota traffic deaths up in 2012


Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL — For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota as 378 people were killed in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads.

• View county-specific 2012 preliminary traffic deaths and 2011 final death numbers.

DPS projects the final total — available in early summer as additional crash reports are submitted — to be around 390, 6 percent above the 2011 figure. Despite the increase, 2012 will be the second safest year (behind 2011) since 1944 (356 deaths). Officials expect common traffic safety issues will again be the primary contributing factors for the 2012 deaths: drunk driving, seat belt non-use, speeding and distracted driving.

Traffic safety officials say a warmer winter to start the year — leading to faster, unsafe speeds — and a spike in motorcyclist fatalities were the main factors for the increase in deaths. An early spring led to a longer and deadlier riding season as 53 motorcyclists were killed, a 26 percent increase from 42 deaths in 2011.

“We can’t forget the victims lost in these crashes, they are the reasons and reminders we all need to commit to safe driving behaviors in 2013,” says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director.

In the last decade, the state’s annual traffic deaths have trended downward: in 2002 there were 657 deaths; 2003 — 655; 2004 — 567; 2005 — 559; 2006 — 494; 2007 — 510; 2008 — 455; 2009 — 421; 2010 — 411; 2011 — 368.

In 2011, Minnesota had among the lowest and safest death rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the nation at 0.65.

2012 Preliminary Death Results

The 378 deaths include:

• 281 motorists — down from the final 283 in 2011.

• 53 motorcyclists — up from 42 in 2011.

• 38 pedestrians — even with the 38 in 2011.

• Six bicyclists — up from five in 2011.

The deadliest months in 2012 were September (48), August (42) and October (38). The safest months were April (19), January (20) and March (23).

2012 Preliminary DWI Results

• 26,628 motorists were arrested for DWI (preliminary). There were 29,918 DWI arrests in 2011. The preliminary DWI arrest count will grow as alcohol- .....
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“Help Our Neighbors” helps senior citizens in the their homes

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

An organization called Help Our Neighbors can be the key to helping Senior Citizens stay in their homes and active in the community by providing services they need to stay independent. The services that the Help Our Neighbors organization assists wi ..... 
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Harmony Blood drive collects 40 units

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 11, 2012, succeeded in collecting 40 units of blood. There were 44 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones: Jill ..... 
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Shape up Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

New owner Melinda Lutes will take over ownership of Coffee Street Fitness and Dance in Lanesboro, Minn. on January 1, 2013, just in time to help everyone in Fillmore County with their New Year’s resolutions. Melinda is very excited about her new ..... 
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A ribbon cutting

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

A ribbon cutting and open house was held at Traditions of Preston on Friday, December 7, and members of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce were there to help celebrate. Front row from left to right are Scott Springer, resident Violet Olson, Andrea ..... 
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Melinda Lutes, new owner of Coffee Street Fitness in Lanesboro

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Cottage House, LLC of Lanesboro, MN is pleased to introduce Melinda Lutes as the new owner of Coffee Street Fitness and Dance located in downtown Lanesboro. The sale of the property and business occurred November 20 with Ms. Lutes taking possession, ..... 
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Ban the bug week- it’s not too late to get the influenza vaccination!

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

December 2-8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week and the statewide Ban the Bug effort to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated against influenza. Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) is promoting these efforts by offering flu vaccinations via ..... 
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FC gives back

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

During the month of December bring a non-perishable food item, new or gently used hats, mittens or gloves, non-wrapped Christmas gift item for a toddler through teen, to any home Fillmore Central basketball game or wrestling meet and receive $1.00 o ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 11

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typ ..... 
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