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A dangerous stretch


Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

A view from the northside of Nelson Hill on Highway 52. Photo by Jason Sethre

Over the past 30 years, between mile marker 27.80 and 29.00, there have been 115 vehicles involved in a total of 88 accidents.

This dangerous 1.2 mile stretch of road is known as Nelson Hill. Built upon a windy descent with blind spot bluffs and hillsides crowded with trees, drivers should proceed with caution on this portion of Highway 52.

With the assistance from Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, and Mike Dougherty, Public Affairs Coordinator with MnDOT District 6, crash reports were prepared and provided for analysis.

According to this report, of the 88 accidents that have occurred over the past 30 years, 65 of those accidents involved only one vehicle -- nearly 74% of the accidents included on the crash report were single vehicle accidents.

Twenty of the 115 accidents involved deer. The most number of crashes on this 1.2 mile stretch occurred in 1998 when there were seven accidents.

Interestingly, there were no accidents reported in 2010 and 2011, an 806 day stretch (12/31/09 to 3/16/12) without any crashes, according to the report provided by MnDOT.

And, Nelson Hill has claimed three lives over the past 30 years. There was a fatality on October 26, 1989 involving one vehicle. There was another fatality on February 22, 1994, also involving only one vehicle. And, recently, on January 28, 2016, another life was lost on Nelson Hill, involving two vehicles.

Isolating the crash report down to monthly figures clearly indicates that December and January are the worst months for accidents. Since 1986, out of 115 crashes, there were 15 in December and 12 in January, collectively. Meanwhile, April, August and September were much lower with only four crashes each.

And, while five crashes were blamed on driver chemical impairment, there have been other factors such as weather, inattentive or distracted driving, and unsafe speed playing a much bigger role.

Weather was a factor in 14 of these crashes, while there were 18 crashes as a result of inattentive or distracted driving. But, the biggest culprit of accidents relates to illegal or unsafe speeds. More than 31% of all accidents on Nelson Hill related to unsafe or illegal speed -- that’s 36 out of 115 crashes.

Over the past 30 years, members of the Minnesota State Patrol, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department, Chatfield Police, Chatfield Ambulance, Chatfield .....
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Area MnDOT projects

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Jeremy Miller As the snow melts and winter ends, spring has arrived (hopefully), and Minnesotans know that it’s the beginning of construction and road repair season. Below are some of the MnDOT projects going on in or near the district that yo ..... 
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Gas Buddy

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.97/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average th ..... 
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Soil fertility management in Southeast Minnesota

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fertilizers are widely used to manage soil fertility. Their application provides the nutrients required to maximize agronomic yields and maintain healthy urban landscapes. Their over application though can lead to significant environmental degradati ..... 
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Southeast Minnesota real estate market continued to strengthen in 2015

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN, January 28, 2016 – The real estate market in southeast Minnesota continued to strengthen throughout 2015, resulting in a residential housing market poised for significant growth. The results were announced by the Southeast Minnesota ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 9.14.15

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

September 8- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have fallen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that ha ..... 
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Job Creation Fund completes original funding round Program has generated 3,156 jobs, attracted $497 million in investments

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has allocated all $24 million that was approved in the 2013 legislative session for the Job Creation Fund. Since DEED launched the program in January 2014, a total of 46 compa ..... 
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SEMAC announces October 1 grant application deadline

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minn. through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for pro ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 9.7.15

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

August 31- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have fallen 19.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has ..... 
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