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Deadly weekend puts state over 200 traffic deaths for 2013


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Preliminary reports of six traffic deaths this weekend has pushed Minnesota’s death count over the 200-mark for the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. By comparison, the state didn’t reach 200 traffic deaths last year until Aug. 21.

The 2013 preliminary count of 202 road deaths represents the loss of 27 more lives compared to the 175 deaths reported at this time last year. At this rate, DPS projects around 450 traffic deaths for 2013, 55 more than the 395 deaths in 2012. If this trend continues, it would represent a second straight year for an increase in annual traffic deaths. There were 368 deaths in 2011, the fewest recorded since 1944.

“Crashes are preventable and are directly related to driver behavior — we can prevent these tragedies by paying attention, driving at safe speeds, driving sober and buckling up,” says Mona Dohman, DPS commissioner.

Officials say a spike in motorcyclist deaths have been one factor for the increase. This year, 38 riders have been killed — 17 in July — compared to 24 at this time in 2012. There were 55 rider deaths in 2012. Officials encourage riders to take a rider training course to hone skills and for motorists to share the road and look twice for riders.

This year’s 202 deaths also include two bicyclists and eight pedestrians.

“We should not tolerate this increase in deaths. Now is the time for each of us to rededicate ourselves to being safe behind the wheel,” says Lt. Col. Matt Langer of the State Patrol. “The mistakes we make when driving have very real and very violent results.”

The DPS MinnesotaCrashVictims.org memorial website, launched in 2011, provides a dramatic representation of the lives lost on state roads and “goes beyond the stats,” according to state traffic safety officials. DPS is reminding Minnesotans about the site upon hitting the 200-death milestone to stress safe driving behaviors.

The site allows crash victims’ families to present an intimate and meaningful remembrance of a loved one, while the primary goal is to educate Minnesotans about traffic safety. The site requires families to enter victim crash details, such as seat belt or helmet use, and impaired or distracted driving, to enhance the education component. The site allows families to connect with others who have entered a memorial, and .....
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Governor Dayton Secures Disaster Declaration for June Storms

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Governor Mark Dayton secured a latest major disaster declaration following strong storms and flooding in June. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for 18 Minnesota counties: Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, ..... 
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Gov. Mark Dayton Appoints Destination Medical Center Board Members

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge A big step for the Destination Medical Center project is underway, which is the formulation of the eight-member board that will have the task of overseeing the state’s largest-ever economic development project. The DMC Board ..... 
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Highway 16 detour change in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The detour route for the Highway 16 resurfacing project between Spring Valley, Minn. and Preston, Minn. has been changed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists will now be detoured using Highway 63 ..... 
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Department of Commerce joins multi-state effort on insurance climate change survey

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that Minnesota has joined with California, New York, Connecticut, and Washington State to require insurers to respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in ..... 
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State Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.2 Percent

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.2 percent in June, reaching its lowest point since May 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). ..... 
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MSCOD State Fair booth to promote Emergency Awareness for People with Disabilities

Wed, Jul 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) will host a booth at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair from August 22nd –September 2nd. MSCOD’s booth will be located in the education building. The MSCOD’s booth will be open from 9:00 am – 9:00 ..... 
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Department of Commerce joins multi-state effort on insurance climate change survey

Wed, Jul 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that Minnesota has joined with California, New York, Connecticut, and Washington State to require insurers to respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in ..... 
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Less Than Two Weeks Remaining for Amateur Talent Contest Registrations

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- Less than two weeks remain until registration closes for State Fair Amateur Talent Contest auditions. Performers from across the Midwest will audition later this month for an opportunity to perform and compete in the 41st annual competit ..... 
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