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2012 motorcyclist fatalities pass 25-death milestone


Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The number of preliminary Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities hit 26 following a deadly July when seven riders were killed, tied with May for deadliest month of the year for riders. This year’s rider deaths

are slightly up compared to the 23 at this time last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC).

To-date in 2012, 191 people have been killed in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads of which 14 percent are riders. At this rate, DPS projects 46 deaths for 2012, which would mark the

first time since 2008 that rider deaths have increased. There were 42 rider deaths in 2011 and 45 in 2010.

DPS officials say there are many contributing factors to the deadlier year for riders, including record-high numbers of motorcyclists and early summer-like weather. The first rider death occurred on March 12,

the earliest rider death on record since 2002.

Officials also note common factors contributing to fatal motorcycle crashes continue, such as failure to yield right-of-way, driver inattention and motorcyclist error.

MMSC Program Coordinator, Bill Shaffer, encourages motorists to share the roads, drive at safe speeds and look twice for motorcyclists. He also says riders should wear full protective gear, including brightly

colored jacket, DOT-approved helmet, rider pants, boots and gloves. Most importantly, he encourages riders to get trained.

“Training is a life-saving option that teaches riders crash-avoidance techniques to stay safe on the road,” says Shaffer. “Any experience level is welcome, you can never get too much training as a new rider,

returning rider or experienced rider.”

About The Minnesota

Motorcycle Safety Center

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes

and the resulting fatalities and injuries.

The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses; media relations, events, campaign and informational materials; and third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening motorcycle testing project at select DVS Exam Stations.

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2012 MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES PASS 25-DEATH MILESTONE

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The number of preliminary Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities hit 26 following a deadly July when seven riders were killed, tied with May for deadliest month of the year for riders. This year’s rider deaths are slightly up compared to th ..... 
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Safety Reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Rochester, MN – Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first ste ..... 
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Add Immunizations to Your Back to School Checklist

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The following is an unpublished Op/Ed from Commissioners Brenda Cassellius and Ed Ehlinger, and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital representatives Kathie Taranto and Joe Neglia. This Op/Ed is being sent for use in your paper ..... 
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SDA Announces Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Thu, Aug 9th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, August 8, 2012 - Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today announced the award of 70 grants to tribes, educational institutions and non-profit organizations across the country to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially ..... 
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MDA issues consumer advisory for recalled organic grape tomatoes

Wed, Aug 8th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to the recall of Menno Beachy brand Certified Organic Grape Tomatoes after routine testing by the Department found a sample of the product to be contaminated wit ..... 
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HEALTH OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE DEATH DUE TO SUSPECTED AMEBIC INFECTION

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating the death of an elementary school aged child due to suspected primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a very rare form of meningitis caused by an amoeba associated with warm freshwater. Confirmati ..... 
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Women’s Foundation of Minnesota joins Partnership for Women’s Prosperity

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has joined a notable list of women’s foundations from across the country and the Walmart Foundation to launch A Partnership for Women’s Prosperity — a platform to share best practices an ..... 
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Commerce Department returns $19 million to Minnesota consumers in 2012

Tue, Aug 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Sometimes money goes missing due to a change of address or a death in the family. That’s when the Minnesota Department of Commerce steps in to help Minnesotans find and claim what is rightfully theirs. This year alone the Commerce ..... 
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