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Minnesota Trucking Related Fatalities: Lowest in 10 Years


Mon, Jul 26th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Continuing a downward trend, cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year than any year in the last decade.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, published by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the number of truck-related fatalities has trended downward from 94 in 1999 to 58 in 2009 showing a 38.2% decrease. This is the lowest number in 10 years.



The safety report for the last year shows the trend continues with a 26.5% decrease of fatal crashes from 2008 to 2009.



"Preventing crashes is the number one priority of every professional truck driver," said John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking Association. "This data is welcome news and a real encouragement to our on-going safety efforts. Most people don't realize that the safest drivers on the road are truck drivers."



The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) has advanced a number of safety initiatives in recent years, including the recent "Keep Both Hands on the Wheel" safety campaign encouraging drivers to put down the cell phones and focus on driving. The MTA has been a key partner in the state's Towards Zero Deaths initiative and actively lobbied to pass the state's primary seatbelt law in 2009. In the past, the organization has also called for a national maximum 65 mile per hour speed limit for all vehicles.



A complete copy of the report can be found at:



http://www.dps.state.mn.us/OTS/crashdata/crash_facts.asp



Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, July 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.71 ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher re-elected to national union post

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 12, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher has been re-elected as a vice president with the American Federation of Teachers. Dooher was re-elected to the post during the AFT's 81st biennial convention in Seattle, WA, whi ..... 
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MDA urges homeowners to follow EAB quarantine rules as they clean up after storms

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesotans clean up after recent storms, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding residents of Hennepin, Ramsey and Houston Counties to avoid moving ash trees and branches out of their counties due to the risk ..... 
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MCDONALD'S® & KEMPS HOST OPEN DOOR DAYS TO SUPPORT FARMERS in SOUTHEASTERN MN

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 28, 2010 - Area Southeastern Minnesota McDonald's restaurants and one of its trusted suppliers, Kemps, are teaming up to help spread the message of the importance of dairy to our community.



One of the ways McDonald's will increas ..... 
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Parents Can Get Tax Credit for Sending Kids to Day Camp

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Many working parents need to arrange for care for their children when school is out. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.



The Internal Revenue Service reminds parents that the cost of day camp ma ..... 
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HARRIET ISLAND TRANSFORMATION TO TASTE OF MINNESOTA UNDERWAY

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 29, 2010) - Tents are being raised, stages are being built and Harriet Island is transforming into the new and improved 2010 Taste of Minnesota. With more than 100 hours of live music on five stages starting at 11 a.m. daily, tw ..... 
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Legislative changes simplify enrollment for Rural Preserve program

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Recent legislative changes will make the new Rural Preserve program a simpler option for Minnesota farmers deciding on property tax treatment of non-agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land that is currently enrolled in Green Acres.
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Kanabec County family wins monthly MDA award

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A multigenerational Kanabec County farm family has been awarded this month's Commissioner's Good Farm Neighbor award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Stacy and Kevin Thoeny along with Kevin's parents Don and Debra ..... 
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