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Minnesota traffic deaths continue downward trend in 2014 Projected final number would be second lowest since World War II


Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Last year marked continued progress in improving traffic safety on Minnesota roads as preliminary data reveal traffic deaths falling to a near record low. According to the latest preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety, 356 people lost their lives in 2014 crashes.

DPS projects a final number of 370 road fatalities after final statistics are evaluated. This would be the second lowest number since 1944 when 356 people lost their lives.

There was a significant decline in pedestrian deaths in 2014. After peaking at 71 deaths in 1986, pedestrian fatalities dropped to 17 according to preliminary numbers — the lowest number from 1984 – 2014.

Behind the numbers,

lives forever changed

While the declining numbers are encouraging, the end of 2014 was a difficult time for a number of Minnesota families as losses included:

• A husband and wife from Marshall – married 42 years.

• An 88-year-old man from Arco.

• A 35-year-old woman from North Mankato.

“The pain and suffering of even one family is too much. We all have a part in reaching a goal of zero deaths on Minnesota roads,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director.

2014 Preliminary results

(as of January 13, 2015)

• 17 pedestrians – down from 35 in 2013

• Five bicyclists – down from 6 in 2013

• 45 motorcyclists – down from 60 in 2013

The deadliest months in 2014 were August (43), July (40) and September (37). The months with the fewest fatalities were March (19), February (20) and January (28).

Toward Zero Deaths

The Toward Zero Deaths program has played a significant role in saving lives and reducing serious injuries on Minnesota roads. Education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services have helped reduce fatalities by nearly 41 percent since 2003.

2003 – 2013 Minnesota

traffic fatalities

2013 ................................ 387

2012 ................................ 395

2011 ................................ 368

2010 ................................ 411

2009 ................................ 421

2008 ................................ 455
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Minnesota banks honored for community involvement

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized First Southeast Bank for their community involvement. Banks play an important and vital role in their communities, and to honor and recognize their involvement, the MBA ..... 
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Not all property taxes stay local

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Most property owners in Minn. when they review their property tax statement will see breakdowns of their property taxes that include county, township, school district, or city. However, owners of commercial/industrial and seasonal recreational prope ..... 
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Additional Energy Assistance funds available to help Minnesotans stay warm this winter

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota will receive an additional $9,958,577 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program. The total amo ..... 
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Attend Extension’s Forages For “U”

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

To address key forage production and management issues in Minnesota, a series of Forage Workshops will be held in February of 2015. Individual sites include Fergus Falls on February 10 at the Government Service Building-Commissioner Room, Hutchinso ..... 
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GasBuddy update 2.16.15

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

FEBRUARY 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 17.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/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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Divided government returns to Minnesota

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On January 6 the new Minnesota legislative session convened with a Republican majority in the House while the DFL retains control of the Senate. In the next several months the two sides will have to work together to pass a two year budget, a transpo ..... 
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GasBuddy update 1.19.15

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

JANUARY 12, 2015- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.93/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national a ..... 
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GasBuddy update 1.05.15

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

DECEMBER 29, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 11.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national ..... 
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