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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUTH IN CORRECTION FACILITIES AND MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTED IN REPORT


Mon, Sep 26th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Differences between Minnesota youth in correctional facilities and mainstream schools are detailed in Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities, a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Among the findings are correctional facility students have an earlier onset of drug/alcohol use, are more likely to be a victim of sexual or domestic abuse, as well as having ongoing mental/emotional issues.

The study also addresses relations to parents and caregivers, as well as students' feelings of safety in their schools and neighborhoods. In response to the findings, OJP offers best practices to those serving youth, including professionals in health, public health, human services, education and juvenile justice.

The report analyses responses to the Minnesota School Survey (MSS), a 127-item questionnaire administered every three years to sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders in Minnesota public schools examining attitudes, behaviors and health indicators. In 2010, about 131,000 students completed the MSS, including those in 24 residential juvenile correctional facilities in Minnesota.

Youth in correctional facilities are demographically different than youth in mainstream schools and are more likely to be male, come from communities of color and live in single-parent households. Other findings include:

· Youth in correction facilities are two- to three-times more likely than mainstream youth to report their families struggle with alcohol and drug use, or that they have witnessed domestic violence in their household. However, there is no difference between youth in correctional facilities and mainstream youth in how much they feel their parents and other adult relatives care for them.

· Youth in correctional facilities are more than twice as likely to report they have been the victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and are three-times more likely to report an ongoing mental or emotional health problem.

· Minnesota's youth, including those in correctional facilities, report feeling safe at school; like going to school; and feel safe in their neighborhoods. Over half of both student populations wish to attend at least college, if not beyond.

· Alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly used drugs in both student populations. Youth in correctional facilities, however, are more likely to have used drugs or alcohol than mainstream youth. R .....
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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 fi ..... 
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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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