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USE AND TRANSPORT FIREWORKS SAFELY, LEGALLY


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The July 4th holiday is a time when Americans celebrate generations of independence with family gatherings, community events and casual use of dangerous explosives.

">From a safety perspective, it doesn't make sense to celebrate anything by allowing our children to play with burning sticks that can reach 2,000 degrees," says Deputy State Fire Marshal Becki White. "Nor should we transport in our vehicles dangerous amounts of explosives along with the groceries and the kids. But we do these things every year. And every year someone suffers for it."

The Consumer Products Safety Commission reported seven fireworks-related deaths in 2008, along with 7,000 injuries treated in hospitals. Children under 15 accounted for 40 percent of those injuries. In Minnesota, fireworks use resulted in 64 hospital-treated injuries and more than $130,000 in property loss. Those numbers reflect a downward trend since the 111 injuries in 2004.

Minnesota law forbids use of fireworks that explode or leave the ground. Sparklers, snakes, fountains and other non-airborne items are legal but still require caution and close supervision. Transporting fireworks requires attention, as well.

"There are people who buy fireworks - both legal and illegal - and toss them in the car as if they were safe. Then they drive to their destination using smoking materials in the same car," White points out.

Complacency, she says, is our enemy this time of year. While fireworks are familiar to us, consumers must not forget that they're dangerous.

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White recommends following these tips:

· Set a good example for your children by using fireworks that are legal in Minnesota.

· Never allow young children to ignite or play with fireworks.

· Dress appropriately. Shoes are essential. Avoid loose clothing and hats.

· Light one item at a time, and never in an enclosed container.

· Never attempt to relight a device that doesn't ignite properly the first time.

· Keep a bucket of water handy to cool sparkler wires immediately and extinguish

other fireworks completely.

· Avoid areas with dry grass, brush or debris; flying sparks can ignite these materials.

· If you must transport fireworks, carry them in the trunk or rear area of the vehicle;

don't allow children access, as they may remove protective wrappings.

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Nat'l Summer Learning Day: Putting the "Summer" into MN Summer School

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - It may be summer break, but a busy day is planned for thousands of children as part of National Summer Learning Day today. It's an annual event intended to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer educational opportuniti ..... 
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Minnesota Skateboarding Millennial Has High-Flying, Hip Business

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 2010, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Most 17-year-old skateboarders have enough trouble juggling schoolwork, hanging with friends and finding awesome places to test their boards. Dennis Nelson, a junior in high school from Saint Paul, Minnesota, decided ..... 
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NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOLLOWING TORNADO OUTBREAK

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Governor Tim Pawlenty activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist in three Minnesota counties following tornadoes and severe storms. A total of 74 soldiers will assist local authorities by providing security and operating traffic chec ..... 
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MDA Loan Program Hits Milestone

Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed its 10,000th loan to farmers and rural landowners to help finance practices that prevent pollution. Under the agency's Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) loan p ..... 
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Construction begins on new facility at Mpls Veterans Home

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Ground was broken today at the Minneapolis Veterans Home for a new 100-bed skilled nursing facility.

This building will replace Building 9, which was demolished in 2009 at the same location. Residents were moved from the b ..... 
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Minnesota Public Radio Launches Minnesota Today

Thu, Jun 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

(St. Paul, Minn.)-June 10, 2010-Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) today announced the debut of Minnesota Today, a new online service that aims to amplify Minnesota arts, culture and statewide current events. Minnesota Today, which can be found onMPRNewsQ. ..... 
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Local leaders urge Minnesota Senators to push for passage of Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation yet this year

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN: Local leaders today called on Senators Franken and Klobuchar to put pressure on other members of the United States Senate to establish as priority climate change legislation yet this year.

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State testing matches E. coli bacteria from Gibbon farm with those from ill consumers

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Laboratory testing conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) this week provided additional evidence that the Hartmann dairy farm, of rural Gibbon, was the source of a str ..... 
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