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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).

Of the 20 traffic deaths on St. Patrick's Day (including the early-morning deaths on March 18) during 2004-2008, 55 percent (11) were alcohol-related. This percentage of alcohol-related deaths is far above the average annual percentage of around 35 percent. Only the 4th of July is a deadlier impaired driving period during the last five years when 23 people died and 12 (52 percent) were alcohol-related.

During 2004-2008, 1,725 motorists were arrested for DWI surrounding St. Patrick's Day. The DWI enforcement will include seat belt patrols, as 75 percent of impaired drivers killed annually are also not buckled up.

"St. Patrick's Day is a massive partying holiday and there's simply no excuse for driving impaired especially considering the safe alternatives," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol. "If you have plans to party, include a plan for a safe and sober ride."

Roeske says people need to be aware of the effects of alcohol especially on day-long party events such as St. Patrick's Day. He says partiers will likely still be impaired later in the day despite breaks in drinking from the morning or afternoon and they should not risk driving under any circumstance.

Roeske recommends partiers designate a sober driver, call a cab, use public transportation or stay at the location of the party.

Each year alcohol-related crashes kill up 200 people in Minnesota and injure 3,000, while 35,000-plus are arrested for DWI. One in eight Minnesotans have a DWI on record.

In an effort to deter impaired driving and prevent DWI offenders from being re-arrested, Governor Pawlenty is proposing legislation that would require ignition interlock devices for all DWI offenders. Interlocks are a proven technology that prevents motorists from driving impaired.

DPS notes the most dangerous periods for impaired driving can change depending on various factors, including weather or if holidays fall on weekends.



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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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Accident North of Fountain - 12/7/09

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Police Reports

On Monday, December 7, 2009, at approximately 7:33 p.m., two vehicles collided one mile north of Fountain, Minn. The driver of a 1990 WGMC, 64-year-old Neil D. Wangsness, a Decorah man, was rear-ended by a 1996 Toyota T100, driven by 59-year-old Lor ..... 
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