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Mon, May 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - A TV public service announcement produced by Stillwater teens humorously showing a nagging mom pushing cigarettes and alcohol onto her son - and other unsafe choices - won in a landslide in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)/AAA Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge. The winning spot and other four finalists can be viewed at www.rockthebelt.org.

The Stillwater Area High School producers will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize from AAA, and DPS will air the spot during a statewide texting-while-driving advertising campaign in August.

The contest called on teens to produce spots to communicate the dangers of texting while driving - which is illegal in Minnesota and carries fines up to $300. Nearly 100 Minnesota teenagers produced TV public service announcements for the contest. The finalists represented high schools from Arden Hills, Hutchinson, Ramsey, Sartell and Stillwater.

"It's exciting that so many teens were involved in this project to educate their peers about the dangers of texting while driving," says Gordy Pehrson, youth alcohol and driving coordinator at DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "As important as it is for parents to set driving limits with their teen, it's also important for teens to tell their friends to stop unsafe driving behaviors."

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers due to inexperience, seat belt non-use, distractions and risk-taking behind the wheel. In the last five years, 206 teen motorists were killed in crashes and 105 were not buckled up.

1st Place - $1,000 and airing during DPS statewide advertising campaign in August

"Moms, Alcohol and Texting" - 2,051 votes

Producer: Kelsy Muehlbauer with Bailee Droel, Luke Fedie, Kevin O'Brien,

Stillwater Area High School, Stillwater

2nd Place - $600

"You Can Wait 5 Minutes" - 703 votes

Producer: Austin Turner with Lydia Dullinger

Sartell High School, Sartell

3rd Place - $400

"Don't Be Another Statistic" - 678 votes

Producer: Joe Marino with Thomas Brossart

Mounds View High School, Arden Hills,


Thu, May 20th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 20, 2010) -Taste of Minnesota will rock the Harriet Island riverfront with more than 100 hours of live music and a lineup that's bigger, bolder and better than years' past.

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Dylan Days taps Range roots

Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

HIBBING, Minnesota - The 9th annual Dylan Days event in Bob Dylan's hometown

will be May 27-30 and organizers are "bringin' it all back home."

"This year our mix of music, art, literature and theater will take on even

more of a ..... 
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Minnesota Association of Museums Celebrates Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN: The Minnesota Association of Museums is pleased to announce "The Summit at Summit: A Celebration of Minnesota's Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Fund," organized for museum professionals and all Minnesotans working in the arts, culture a ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 17- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.87/ ..... 
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Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - The Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board meeting today.

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Veto of statewide health insurance wastes opportunity to save millions for schools

Wed, May 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 11, 2010 - Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher released the following statement today regarding the veto of a statewide health insurance bill for school employees.

"Gov. Pawlenty's veto of the statewide healt ..... 
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$456,000 in Small Cities Development Program Grant is received by La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Today Mike Poellinger, Mayor, announced that La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota have received a grant of $456,000 for improvements to owner occupied single family homes. "This is a big deal, said Poellinger, the grant will rehab twenty homes for our lo ..... 
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Education Minnesota endorses Anderson Kelliher for governor

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 8, 2010 - Education Minnesota announced Saturday that it has endorsed Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher for governor of Minnesota.

"Margaret Anderson Kelliher will be a great governor fo ..... 
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