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Sprinkler systems help stop 81 fires in 2010


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS HELP STOP 81 FIRES IN 2010

Numbers Illustrate How Sprinklers Save Lives and Property



ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) today announced that 81 building fires were put out by automatic sprinkler systems in 2010. This is a slight increase from 78 building fires in 2009.

Data from the SFM shows most residential buildings involved were apartment buildings. Commercial buildings include warehouse, manufacturing, educational, entertainment, restaurants, funeral and healthcare facilities.

State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says the value of a sprinkler system is both economic and personal. "The benefits of sprinklers, whether they're built into the facility or retro-fitted, become very clear when they knock down a potentially devastating fire," Rosendahl said. "An automatic sprinkler system can save a building and most of its contents, reduce insurance costs, minimize business interruption, keep people in their homes and, most importantly, save lives."

Minnesota state fire code requires sprinkler systems in larger, newly constructed apartment buildings and hotels. "A large number of buildings saved by sprinklers in the last two years were apartment buildings," said Rosendahl. "That's significant. It means hundreds of families were kept in their homes and lives were saved."

The life-saving capacity of sprinkler systems is related to escape time. Research from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows the average safe-escape period in a building fire has dropped from 17 minutes in the mid-1970s to about three minutes today. The decline is attributed to faster-burning synthetic materials in modern buildings and furnishings. Rosendahl explained fire sprinklers activate in one to two minutes and can control a fire, extending escape time for occupants.

Root River Bike Trail update

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Until the middle of July the only bridge being worked on is the big confluence bridge about 1.5 miles north of Lanesboro. The bridge is closed to trail users from 7am-6pm Mon- Fri, EXCEPT for this week where no bridge work will be done between Thurs ..... 
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Small-Business Owners Speak Out Against Dayton Tax Plan

Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST.PAUL, Minn., June 28, 2011- Today, leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's largest business group in terms of entities with approximately 12,000 members statewide, held a press conference to oppose the large ..... 
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Minnesota cannot rely on policies of the past

Wed, Jun 15th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Minnesota cannot rely

on policies of the past



TO THE EDITOR:



When most of us don't complete a task, or believe we don't have it just right, we put in a little overtime. It is no different at the State Le ..... 
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TILLWATER TEENS AGAIN WIN TRAFFIC SAFETY TV CONTEST

Thu, Jun 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - For a second year, teenage students from Stillwater Area High School won the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)-AAA Don't Drive Distracted, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge. Minnesotans can view the winning spot, "F ..... 
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nemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

State loses 5,200 jobs in April

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.5 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ..... 
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Mn/DOT to repair pavement cracks on nine highways in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews make pavement repairs on various highways in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties beginning Monday, May 16. Flaggers will control traffic dur ..... 
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3M Company Named Finalist for 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ARLINGTON, Va. - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced 3M Company of St. Paul, Minnesota is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedo ..... 
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Airport Foundation MSP Announces Winners of the 2011 MSP Employee of the Year Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - This week, the Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000, along with the title "MSP Employee of the Year."
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