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GET SCHOOLED IN FIRE SAFETY TO LIVE OFF-CAMPUS


Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Thousands of students will soon be reporting to Minnesota college campuses; more than 100,000 attend public institutions, alone. Many will live in off-campus housing, and some will be living away from home for the first time. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal reminds students and parents that this is the time to study up on fire safety issues.

Statistics from the Campus Firewatch Program show that 80 percent of college fire fatalities in the U.S. occur in off-campus housing.

A September 2003 incident in Minneapolis claimed the lives of three University of Minnesota students. The fire started on an exterior balcony, but the cause remains undetermined. In St. Cloud, three off-campus housing fires in 2005 and 2009 caused $95,000 in damage, but the occupants escaped. Those fires were attributed to an unattended candle, careless smoking and possibly extension cords used as permanent wiring.

"Multiple issues contribute to student housing fires," says State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl. "There's lack of fire safety information, property condition and sometimes the condition of students themselves. Impairment can cause careless behavior and slow reaction times, and that can be deadly."

The Fire Marshal offers these tips for students - and for parents who may be helping them make the transition to off-campus housing life.

· Cities have housing codes. They differ, but find out what they are. In some locations, the landlord should have a rental license posted, meaning the property is being safety-inspected regularly.

· Look for smoke detectors and make sure they have batteries. Check for sprinkler systems.

· Check the age of the appliances, and make sure the furnace and water heater are properly vented. Extension cords should be used properly.

· A fire extinguisher should be located in a handy place. It should be charged, and residents should know how to use it.

· Make an evacuation plan. Check the windows and make sure they aren't painted shut. Make sure there are two ways out from every room.

· Cook only in the kitchen, and only when you're alert. Don't use a barbeque grill on decks or balconies.

· Use a surge protector for computers. Report problems with wiring or electrical functions to the landlord immediately. Never string extension cords from room to room or use them for permanent wiring.

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Walz-Pelosi Agenda Continues To Fall Flat With High Unemployment

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington- For another consecutive month, families in Minnesota and across the country are feeling the devastating consequences of Tim Walz's big-spending agenda. With the national unemployment rate remaining well above nine percent in July and an a ..... 
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Variety of Programs Offered for Seniors at 2009 State Fair

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - Many programs and opportunities for senior citizens will be featured at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair including two special days, daily discounts on admission and free entertainment.



Pre-fair discount admission tickets ..... 
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JULY IS HIGHEST MONTH IN 2009 FOR NIGHTCAP DWI ARRESTS

Thu, Aug 6th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - July Operation NightCAP (nighttime concentrated alcohol patrol) DWI enforcement campaigns resulted in 196 DWI arrests - the highest monthly total for DWI arrests in 2009. In July, participating NightCAP officers stopped 3,961 vehicles and ..... 
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Media invited to attend background briefing on novel H1N1 flu

Thu, Aug 6th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Event:

Background briefing on novel H1N1, including recent developments, current concerns, anticipated issues and challenges if a second wave of illness occurs in the fall, and preparations for the possibility of a major pandemic involving sev ..... 
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State Fair Offers "Sneak Peek" at Mall of America

Wed, Aug 5th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota State Fair will present its first-ever "Sneak Peek" at Mall of America, featuring activities and prizes that highlight the upcoming Great Minnesota Get-Together. The pre-fair extravaganza runs from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug ..... 
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MOTORCYCLIST DEATHS OUTPACING LAST YEAR'S 24-YEAR HIGH

Tue, Aug 4th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Safety officials remind motorcyclists and motorists to drive carefully and share the road, as thousands of riders hit the highway for the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD, which begins next week. August and September are historically ..... 
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Minnesota Online School Adds K-6 Program

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota - The Minnesota Center of Online Learning (MCoOL), a program of the Houston Public School District #294, is expanding to serve more students statewide. The expansion to add grades K-6 is being spurred by the growing demand for online educat ..... 
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THREE CONVICTED OF FELONY LOTTERY FRAUD AS RESULT OF COMPLIANCE CHECKS

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Six of eight individuals charged by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office in March with lottery fraud have entered guilty pleas, three of those have been convicted of felonies, and three others each received one-year diversions. The original ..... 
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