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News from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety: 11 days, 10 road deaths -- a deadly stretch on Minnesota roads.


Thu, Mar 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash report information, at least 10 people died during March 14-24, making it the deadliest period of the year since Jan. 12-22 when eight people were killed. The fatalities include seven reported deaths from the State Patrol and three known deaths reported by other law enforcement agencies.

The violent period on the roads is a concern for DPS officials as motorists roll into the warmer and deadlier driving months. DPS reports to-date in 2010, there have been 59 traffic deaths, compared to 67 at this time in 2009.

"These tragedies serve as a reminder to motorists that despite progress to limit road deaths, traffic fatalities remain far too common," says Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "Motorists need to use this news to re-engage behind the wheel, stay focused and practice safe driving behavior."

Marti stresses seat belt use, driving at safe speeds, paying attention while driving and never driving impaired.

The three known deaths reported by other agencies include: a 1-year-old boy killed on March 18 in Columbia Heights when a distracted driver rear-ended the vehicle the boy was in; a 39-year-old man was killed by an SUV in a hit-and-run incident in Crystal on March 20; and a 6-year-old boy was killed by a school bus on March 22 in Pine River.

The seven State Patrol-reported road deaths during March 14-24 include:

7:51 a.m., March 14 - Jacob Hancock, 25, and Carey Bissett, 26, both of Madison, Minn. Hancock was driving on Hwy. 75 in Lac qui Parle County. Hancock drove straight through a curve, hit gravel road and vaulted; the vehicle landed on its roof.

10:03 a.m., March 15 - Edward Swope, 68, of Boone, Iowa. Swope was a passenger in a vehicle traveling northbound on I-35 in Freeborn County. His driver attempted a U-turn at a crossover and collided with another vehicle also traveling northbound.

6:53 p.m., March 18 - Danielle Solberg, 26, of Hastings. Solberg was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Hwy. 52 in Goodhue County. The vehicle ran off the left-side of the road, vaulted through the median and rolled.

3:41 a.m., March 21 - Thomas Blum, 61, of West St. Paul. Blum was driving on I-90 in Faribault County when he lost control of his vehicle, entered median and rolled several times.

1:49 a.m., March 22 - Lee Comstock, 26, of Wykoff. Comstock was a passenger in a vehi .....
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY LEADS HOLIDAYS FOR DWI ARRESTS, PERCENTAGE OF ALCOHOL-RELATED FATALS

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL -DWI patrols will roll out on St. Patrick's Day, the holiday period with the highest percentage of alcohol-related traffic deaths and the most DWI arrests in the last five years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).< ..... 
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Spring Valley Emergency Management responds to fire

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The calm of a warm Spring Valley morning was broken by the sounds of smoke alarms going off in Hillside Homes, an independent living facility. At first residents didn't know what was happening but then it became apparent that there was smoke in the b ..... 
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Spring Valley Emergency Management responds to fire

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The calm of a warm Spring Valley morning was broken by the sounds of smoke alarms going off in Hillside Homes, an independent living facility. At first residents didn't know what was happening but then it became apparent that there was smoke in the b ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Fire in Spring Valley

Mon, Mar 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, March 15, 2010] - The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding this morning to a multi-unit apartment fire in Spring Valley. Thirty seven residents have been evacuated from the building and are gathered at t ..... 
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Fillmore County snow removal

Mon, Mar 1st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said that because of the above average ..... 
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Local Red Cross responds to fire in Cherry Grove

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Monday, January 11, 2010, the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to a single family fire in Cherry Grove (rural Spring Valley). The Red Cross provided the individuals affected with shelter, clothing and food. All Red Cro ..... 
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MINNESOTA'S ANNUAL TRAFFIC DEATHS DROP AGAIN

Mon, Jan 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - While 2010 had a deadly start with four deaths this past weekend, Minnesota's 2009 preliminary traffic death count of 403 marks another significant drop in annual road fatalities, representing an 8 percent drop from the 455 deaths in 2008. ..... 
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Austin man dies in hunting accident in Fillmore County

Sat, Dec 26th, 2009
Posted in Police Reports

An Austin man has died in an apparent hunting accident in Fillmore County.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff's Office Captain John DeGeorge, deputies located the body of 44-year-old Bernard Olson of Austin, MN at approximately 6:30 p.m. on ..... 
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