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Nine killed in Minnesota traffic crashes in one week


Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash reports, nine people died during the last seven days (February 17-23), making it the deadliest period on the road in 2011.

DPS officials say the traffic death rate accelerated in February following a relatively safer January when 12 people were killed compared to 27 deaths during the first month in 2010. To date this year, there have been 32 deaths compared to 35 at this time in 2010.

"Improving Minnesota road safety is the responsibility of every driver," says Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol. "These fatal crashes demonstrate that it takes just one poor decision or one small lapse in judgment to lead to a tragic event on the road."

Roeske stresses that motorists buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and never drive impaired.

The nine deaths include:

• 4:18 p.m., Feb. 17 - Thomas Steven Briggs, 19, of Crookston, and Lawrence Louis Trudeau, 77, of Red Lake Falls, collided head-on on County Road 11 in Polk Co. Both died at the scene.

• 9:29 a.m., Feb. 17 - Ashley Meuwissen, 23, of Cologne, was broadsided by a vehicle while attempting to cross Hwy. 212 in Carver County.

• 3:26 p.m., Feb. 21 - John Kalas, 62, of Bloomington, was eastbound on I-94 in Stearns County when he spun out, hit a bridge wall and was struck by another vehicle. He died a day later.

• 6:52 p.m., Feb. 21 - A triple fatality crash on Hwy. 27 near Little Falls claimed the lives of Melissa Lorenz, 31; Angela Lorenz, 10; and Desiree Lorenz, 7, all of Flensburg. Their vehicle was westbound on Hwy. 27, crossed into oncoming traffic and hit an eastbound vehicle head-on. A third vehicle traveling westbound then crashed into the two vehicles.

• 8:03 a.m., Feb. 22 - Vanessa Vaj, 37, of Walnut Grove, was westbound on Hwy. 30 in Cottonwood County and collided with a semi-trailer traveling eastbound.

• 8:05 p.m., Feb 23 - William B. Hofman, 78, of Superior, Wis., lost control of his vehicle on Hwy. 133 in St. Louis County and was broadsided by a vehicle going in the opposite direction.

The state's traffic safety efforts are driven by its core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). A primary vision of the TZD program is to foster a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing safe and smart driving behav .....
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. With one in six people facing hunger issues, a growing number of Minnesota households are ..... 
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act

Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a he ..... 
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HHS announces new resources to help states implement Affordable Care Act

Thu, Jan 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act - Health Insurance Exchanges.

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Natural Element Opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Wed, Jan 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



MINNEAPOLIS-Natural Element has opened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) offering organic, recycled and sustainable clothing, footwear and accessories to the traveling public.

Located at Terminal 1, Natural Elemen ..... 
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Minnesota homes need to be tested for radon; winter is best time to do it

Wed, Jan 5th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Every home in Minnesota should be tested every 2-5 years for radon gas, say state health officials. Testing a home is so important that, as a way to prevent exposure to radon, which can cause lung cancer, health officials are offering a limit ..... 
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State gains 14,100 jobs in October

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota employers added 14,100 jobs in October, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Over the past 12 months, Minnesota has gained 42,100 jobs at a growth ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Wed, Nov 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



It's not too late to get a flu shot and there is plenty of flu vaccine available, say state health officials. In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization (M ..... 
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13,302 MOTORISTS TICKETED FOR NOT BUCKLING UP IN OCTOBER

Tue, Nov 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - An enhanced statewide seat belt enforcement campaign that ran October 8-28, resulted in 13,302 seat belt tickets. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safetycoordinated the effort among 400 law ..... 
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